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Volleyball Federation of India announce inaugural Indian Volleyball League

Published at :February 14, 2022 at 8:36 PM
Modified at :December 13, 2023 at 1:01 PM
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Shaunak Ghosh

The league will tentatively kickstart from June-July 2022.

Volleyball Federation of India - the governing body for the Olympic sport of Volleyball in India, today announced the inaugural season of the Indian Volleyball League (IVL)in partnership with Eurosport India - Discovery Network's premium sports brand. Volleyball, a fast-paced exciting sport enjoys popularity across India and with Eurosport India as the official global broadcasters of IVL, Indian Volleyball is set to make rapid strides both in India as well as the international markets. Audiences will also be able to LIVE stream the league at discovery+ app.

The Indian Volleyball League, tentatively scheduled to kick-start around June-July 2022, will be the premier volleyball league in the country, sanctioned both by the Asian Volleyball Confederation and International Volleyball Federation (FIVB). The IVL also proposes to have six to eight new franchise’s representing various cities across India. The teams will have a mix of top players from the Indian national team along with talented players from various states as well as a host of top international players in its roster for the inaugural season.

Mr. Ruchir Jain, Head of Eurosport India and Distribution- South Asia, Discovery, Inc. said, “It’s been our constant endeavor to build communities for all sports alike, and now to have Volleyball in our roster is a proud moment. We are delighted to be playing a role in popularizing the fast-paced exciting sport of Volleyball across India and helping Indian volleyball reach to sports fans across the globe. The Indian Volleyball League is definitely the future that the sport deserves, and we are not only excited to play our part in this but also would commend the Volleyball Federation of India for their vision in making Indian volleyball truly global in nature.”

Also sharing his thoughts on the occasion, Prof. (Dr.) AchyutaSamanta, Hon’ble Member of Parliament & President, Volleyball Federation of India said, “It is a momentous occasion for Indian Volleyball, and we are thrilled to have a globally respected brand like Discovery on board with us. We are sure they will help us take the league to places and together we aim to uplift the sports standard in the near future as one of top international volleyball leagues globally.

Mr. Ramavtar Singh Jakhar, Zonal Executive Vice-President, Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC), and Chairman, Indian Volleyball League said that he is very happy that Eurosport India – Discovery Network's premium sports channel has come forward to partner with Indian Volleyball League which will go a long way in developing the game of Volleyball in India.  He also said that the young Volleyball players in India will benefit a lot and surely this Indian Volleyball League will become a rousing hit in India and abroad.

The proposed Indian Volleyball League will be an annual feature in the global volleyball calendar and will soon announce the process of applying for the ownership of new franchises through the official website of the Indian Volleyball League& Volleyball Federation of India.

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