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Kabaddi comes home to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on Star Sports 1 Telugu

Telugu Superstar Rana Daggubati, the ambassador for VIVO Pro Kabaddi in Andhra Pradesh and Telanga

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MUMBAI: Star Sports - India’s leading sports broadcaster, today announced the launch of Star Sport 1 Telugu, a dedicated sports channel for sports lovers in their mother tongue. The channel will offer multiple sporting events in Telugu, starting with the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League. The channel launch is In-line with Star Sports’ commitment to foster a multi-sports culture in the country while bringing fans closer to the sporting ecosystem. Providing live and non-live content, Star Sports 1 Telugu will have onboard, experts, commentators and players building a strong compelling offering for Telugu speaking sports audiences.

Superstar Rana Daggubati, the ambassador for VIVO Pro Kabaddi in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana features in the new TVC, where he compares sports to action packed cinema. He draws parallels on the similarities between sports and cinema, emphasizing on the ability each of them possess to capture audience attention always. 

Speaking at the launch of Star Sports 1 Telugu, a Star Sports spokesperson said, “Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are unique markets with a substantial demand for specific language content and have distinct viewing habits, this has helped us at Star Sports understand the pulse of the Telugu sports fan. Star Sports 1 Telugu is a unique product offering catering to core Telugu sports fans in the region and outside. With the launch of Star Sports 1 Telugu, we are exemplifying our endeavor of providing relevant regional sports content to fans across the country. We are committed to constantly strengthen our portfolio across markets, with the growing number of diverse requirements, Star Sports 1 Telugu launch is a key milestone in that journey to curate a compelling offering for fans across regions.”

On the caravan moving to Andhra Pradesh, Anupam Goswami, League Commissioner, VIVO Pro Kabaddi league, said, “The initiative with Star Sports 1 Telugu exemplifies the value created by Star India for sports in the country, with its belief and commitment to take it deep into the lives of fans across India in their own language.   VIVO Pro Kabaddi has been a big gainer owing to the role created by the broadcaster; the launch of Star Sports 1 Telugu will deepen great following that the League has in both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.”

Present at the press conference was, Rahul Chaudhari, Telugu Titans – Leading Raider, who said, “Over the past few seasons we have received immense support from fans in the region, they have cheered for Telugu Titans and been there to support us for every match. The affection we receive in the region has been unmatched so far. I thoroughly enjoy watching sports in Hindi, and with this new destination, I am confident Star Sports 1 Telugu will make fans come together to watch their favourite sport in their language, starting with our home games here.”

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have been markets where the consumption of sports has been high, we have seen a flurry of sportspersons emerge from the region, including VVS Laxman, Sania Mirza, PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal amongst others. The region has embraced several teams, VIVO IPL – Sunrisers Hyderabad, PBL - Hyderabad Hunters, VIVO PKL – Telugu Titans, giving them immense support.  With a strong affinity for sport in the region, Star Sports 1 Telugu will amplify this by offering fans their favourite sports in their language.

Star Sports 1 Telugu will feature live and non-live content packaged into a line-up with distinguished Telugu hosts and commentators from the sports fraternity including, Venkatpathy Raju, Venkatesh, Kalyan Krishna and Kaushik Nallan Chakravarthy for Cricket and Madhavi Bhandari, Radhika Reddy and Kalyan Kollaram for Kabaddi. Star Sports 1 Telugu will be available on leading DTH and Cable Operators across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana as well as the rest of India. The channel will be LIVE 7th December 2018 onwards.

Fans can catch the VIVO Pro Kabaddi action LIVE, 7:30 pm onwards, on Star Sports 1 Telugu, the Star Sports Network and Hotstar. Fans can also watch the match live at Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Vizag, starting 7th December 2018 onwards.

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