The two-wheeler giant Hero MotoCorp signed a multi-year deal with
Hockey India to take title sponsorship of its ambitious franchise-based
league, Hockey India League (HIL).
this sponsorship, the tournament will be called Hero Hockey India
League and underlines Hero MotoCorp's support for the game.
MotoCorp was the Title Sponsor of the 2012 Olympics Qualifier Tournament
- 'Hero FIH Road to London 2012', which was won by the Indian Men's
team, thereby securing a berth in the 2012 Olympic Games. In 2010,
Hero was also the Title Sponsor of the men's, FIH World Cup held
in New Delhi.
this here today, Hockey India secretary and HIL chairman Narinder
Batra said, "We are delighted to have Hero MotoCorp as the
Title Sponsor of the Hockey India League. Hero Group and particularly
its MD & CEO Pawan Munjal have always been great well-wishers
of Indian Hockey and they have supported many initiatives of Hockey
India in the past few years."
MotoCorp MD & CEO Pawan Munjal said, "Hockey holds a special
place in our hearts and we are pleased to partner with Hockey India
League. I am sure that the initiative taken by Hockey India to start
this league will go a long way in developing the game and bring
back its old glory."
inaugural Hero Hockey India League will be held from 14 January
to 10 February 2013 involving 120 leading players. The HIL will
feature a total of 34 matches.
Star Sports is the global broadcast rights partner for HIL till
league will involve five teams Delhi Waveriders, Jaypee Punjab Warriors,
Uttar Pradesh Wizards, Mumbai Magicians and Ranchi Rhinos will compete
in the inaugural season at five venues - Delhi, Jalandhar, Lucknow,
Mumbai and Ranchi respectively.