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Sanjiv Goenka, Rana Kapoor’s daughter among team owners of table tennis league

MUMBAI: 11Even Sports has roped in high-profile corporate honchos as team owners for its franchise-based league Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT), which was earlier called Ultimate Ping Pong.

The company has sold five of the six franchises on offer.

The list of franchise owners is headlined by RP-SG Group promoter Sanjiv Goenka, Yes Bank founder, MD and CEO Rana Kapoor’s daughter Radha Kapoor Khanna, and Kapil and Dheeraj Wadhawan of Rajesh Wadhawan Group.

Goenka’s franchise is named RP-SG Mavericks. While Khanna has picked up Dabang Smashers T.T.C through her company Dolt Sports, Maharashtra United is the name of Kapil and Dheeraj Wadhawan’s franchise.

ASK T.T.C franchise is owned by Sameer Koticha of ASK Group and Oilmax Stag Yoddhas by Kapil Garg and Vivek Kohli. The sixth franchise will be announced soon.

Unlike other major sporting leagues being run in the country like the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Indian Super League (ISL), UTT will have club-based rather than city-based franchises.

UTT’s Coach Draft, which happens today, will include a vast pool of highly experienced Indian and international coaches.

The inaugural season will be played from 13-30 July in three different cities – Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai. The first two legs will be held in Chennai and Delhi before UTT shifts base to Mumbai for the finale.

Each franchise will comprise a combination of overseas and Indian players – four men and four women, along with one Indian and one international coach each.

The eight paddlers per franchise will include two Indian men players, two Indian women players, two foreign men players and two foreign women players.

UPP will feature a total of 48 world class paddlers (24 men’s players and 24 women’s players) including 24 Indians.

They are set to battle it out for the ultimate championship and prize pool of $450000 (Rs 3 crore), making it the highest ever prize money for a table tennis event in the country.

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has provided a dedicated window for UPP.