Ultimate Kho Kho 2023: Everything you need to know about the league
India’s first franchised based Professional Kho Kho League is all set to take place in September 2023 featuring 8 teams. The first season will have six franchise cities including Pune and Bengaluru. Ultimate Kho Kho 2023 schedule, teams, squads, players list along with the live streaming and broadcasters details will be finalised by the Kho Kho Federation of India (KKFI).
Sony Pictures Network India has acquired the broadcasting rights of the league. The league was originally was to be held last year but due to Covid-19, the league got postponed.
Ultimate Kho Kho 2023 Schedule
The Ultimate Kho Kho will be a 21-day league, which will witness eight franchise teams. A total of 60 matches to be played in a double round-robin format. The Kho-Kho Federation of India (KKFI) has confirmed that the Ultimate Kho Kho League 2023 schedule to be released soon.
Teams & Squads
The players draft of Ultimate Kho Kho League 2023 to feature players across the world including England, South Korea, Iran, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. will be part of the eight franchise.
The teams who are expected to be part of the league are
The U-18 players will get a chance to play in the league to find young talents.
Ultimate Kho Kho League Live Streaming & TV Channel
India’s first professional Kho Kho league, Ultimate Kho Kho league has signed a multi-year deal with Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI). All the matches of the tournament will be broadcasted on Sony networks channels – Sony Six, Sony Ten 1, 2 and 3. Online fans can watch Ultimate Kho Kho League live streaming online on its digital platform SonyLIV’s app and website.
Kho Kho is one of the indigenous sports of the country. Dabur Group has acquired the commercial rights of the event from Kho Kho Federation of India (KKFI) to promote the sports. Amit Burman, Dabur Group Chairman and Ultimate Kho Kho league promoter said, ” Ultimate Kho Kho will bring back the orthodox game with a new modern avatar as a television product which will lead to revolutionization of sports and Crete unique experience for the audience”.
The inaugural edition will be scheduled in the second half of this year. A total of six teams would be participating in the tournament.
Teams will consist of senior and u-18 players hailing from all states and register under the KKFI. As per the official press release by the league, ” players draft will happen in the mid of this year. Franchise owners will be provided with a record of 150 Indian players performance in the nationals and recently concluded training camp held in February 2023.
“Four teams have already been decided and for the rest two spots we are already in talks with around eight private entities including PE firms for the United States of America. After this, the decision of title sponsor and main sponsor will be taken (mid August). We are in the initial stage of discussion with various tyre manufacturers, automobile etc. brands are trying to associating with them in way or other”, said Ultimate Kho Kho Chief Executive Officer, Tenzing Niyogi.
Sony Networks has four dedicated channels for sports. Ultimate Kho Kho will be added to Sony’s lost of non-cricket client which includes football, tennis, WWE etc.