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Tamil Thalaivas launches initiatives to promote kabaddi

Corporate Kabaddi Fest will be held at the Express Avenue Mall in Chennai from 17-19 August.

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MUMBAI: Star India’s move to launch Star Sports Tamil has served as a launch-pad to consolidate its foothold in the Tamil market for its new initiatives. The newest franchise in Pro Kabaddi League (PKL), Tamil Thalaivas (TT), is taking full advantage of the channel and is spreading local love for sports across the state through its year-round initiatives.

The franchise spent Rs 3.73 crore in the 2018 auctions by retaining the trio of Ajay Thakur (Rs 76.23 lakhs), C Arun (Rs 36.3 lakhs) and Amit Hooda (Rs 69.3 lakhs) before the auction forming the core for the side. It will host a slew of on-ground properties in its second year of operations with a goal to further the southern state’s rich kabaddi legacy.

With a plan of year-round initiative, TT has started Corporate Kabaddi Fest which will be held at the Express Avenue Mall in Chennai from 17-19 August. The fest will have 32 corporates participating, including TCS, IBM, Renault, Cognizant, Apollo Tyres, Aradhaya Gold, Coca Cola, Ford Motors, HDFC Bank and more.

Speaking to Indiantelevision.com, Tamil Thalaivas CEO Viren D’Silva said, “Our focus is on getting four partners for year-round activation and those four partners will get mileage and exposure for all our events.”

After an overwhelming response to the residential academy, the franchise has also launched 20 schools of excellence which provide after-school training in Tamil.

The corporate fest will not be live telecast, but will have seven episodes of one hour each at the prime-time. It will have both men’s and women’s teams participating for the glory. “IdhuNammaAatam” (this is our sport) is Tamil Thalaivas’ new expression for kabaddi.

Elaborating on the team’s mission, D’Silva added, “We have lined up a number of exciting initiatives, which we will build year on year. We want to give back to the fans and communities who have given us so much love. Through these initiatives, we are inviting Tamil Nadu to be a part of every moment both on and off the mat because, in the end, IdhuNammaAatam - then, now and, forever.”

The Corporate Kabaddi Fest will also feature Tamil movie stars, Vishnu Vishal and Andrea Jeremiah who, as “chief motivating officers”, will be cheering for the corporate teams. In a first, Tamil Thalaivas will also provide professional-level training to registered corporate teams in the two weekends preceding the event.

A Star India spokesperson said, "Tamil Nadu has a rich sporting culture, that underpins the popularity of various sporting leagues including TNPL, Vivo PKL, IPL 2018, Hero ISL among others. Since Tamil Thalaivas was first introduced in season five of PKL, they have charted various initiatives such as the grassroots programme to build deeper affinity for the sport across the state. As the official broadcaster, we endeavor to bring alive truly inspiring and engaging stories from their initiative, Corporate Kabaddi Fest, which will be a part of the run-up to a bigger, more exciting new season six.”

The Tamil Thalaivas’ kabaddi caravan will continue with Street Kabaddi and Tamil Thalaivas State Tour in the coming months.

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