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Ayaz Memon Joins 1 Play Sports

Memon will deepen its roots and expand operations in the Indian sports media market.

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MUMBAI: Sports media narrowcasting startup in the Asia Pacific 1 Play Sports has brought sports journalist Ayaz Memon onboard as consulting editor-in-chief, India from May 2020.

Memon, a media veteran with over 40 years’ experience, will lead the thrust for 1 Play Sports to deepen its roots and expand its operations in the Indian sports media market. He and his team will develop sports-related content to maximize audience reach and optimise strategic benefit to the company.

Memon has worked as a sports writer, editor and columnist with several newspapers such as Mid-Day, Bombay Times, DNA, Times of India, Hindustan Times, and Deccan Chronicle. He has also been a TV commentator/analyst at various times with Star Sports and Sony Sports, apart from news channels Times Now, NewsX, and Network18. Memon has reported live ten Cricket World Cups, over 250 test matches and 400 ODIs One Day Internationals, the 1988 and 2012 Olympics, 1998 and 2010 Commonwealth Games, 1990 Asian Games, the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the 1991 and 1993 Wimbledon Championships among several international events.

He has also authored four books on cricket and co-authored one on independent India's golden jubilee, India 50 – The Making of a Nation.

1 Play Sports CEO-founder Mohit Lalvani expressed delight at this association with Memon. “Ayaz’s contribution to Indian sports is gigantic, his depth of knowledge is only matched by his breadth of content understanding and I take great pleasure in welcoming him to the 1 Play Sports team. We are confident this will enable us to scale into India as we have done in Southeast Asian countries”, said Lalvani.

1 Play Sports began its operations in India roping in Neha S Warrier (ex-Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific) as country manager and since then has successfully streamed LIVE national and Asian tournaments expanding its footprint in the region.

“As we expand our viewer base in India, we are delighted to welcome aboard a veteran like Memon to 1 Play Sports and gain from his vast knowledge and experience”, said Neha Warrier.

1 Play Sports Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based sports media narrowcasting start-up, was founded in December 2018, that produces and streams community, grassroots level, school, special needs, and private events at national and international levels. Within a year since its inception, 1 Play Sports has streamed more than 2100 hours of sports content from events held in Southeast Asia and India.

In addition to international events such as World Pencak Silat Championships 2018, Netball Nation’s Cup 2019, Merlion Cup 2019, ASEAN Schools Games 2019, SEA Games 2019, and Dubai Intercontinental Cup 2020, 1 Play Sports has also produced and streamed India-centric events such as Track Asia Cup 2019, National Open Athletics Championship 2019, Weightlifting Championship 2019, Bodog Roots Premier League, National Inter-District Junior Athletics Meet 2019, Mountain Bike Challenge 2019 and many more. 1 Play Sports has over 500,000 followers and operates in Singapore, the Philippines, India, and Africa with further expansion plans in the Asian market in 2020.

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