Rupay Prime Volleyball League will unleash glory to the sports industry, which will be unstoppable,' says Kolkata Thunderbolts Co-Owner Mr. Pawan Kumar Patodia.

Posted On Sun, February 06, 2022, 7:00 PM

The stage is set for the 2022 Season 1 of the Rupay Prime Volleyball League began on Saturday at the Gachibowli Stadium Hyderabad. Amid all the buzz and excitement for the tournament, Chairman and Managing Director of Pulkit Veneer Mills Private Limited, Mr. Pawan Kumar Patodia, who is also the Chairman and Co-Owner of the Kolkata Thunderbolts franchise, opened up about his reasons behind investing in a volleyball franchise.

"Growing up, I used to play volleyball which I lost touch with after I got involved in my business. Later, I received a small chance to see volleyball being played in Assam, where I realized that the players in India have potential but are not getting platforms such as cricket and football in this sport," Mr. Pawan Kumar Patodia said.

"After thorough research, I realized volleyball is the 2nd most popular sport played in the world, and the 3rd most popular sport played in India and the Volleyball Leauge is being plyed in 18 countries all over the world except India. It builds a desire to contribute something to the sport that I have admired all my life and henace as soon as I found out about the Prime Volleyball League, I jumped on the opportunity to invest in the team because I aim to bring glory to volleyball," Mr Patodia added.

Mr. Patodia also explained the unique nature of the Prime Volleyball League and why its business model is more sustainable than the other leagues in the country.

"The most impressive thing about the Prime Volleyball League is that it is a private league, so far not seen in India. Here all the owners of the seven franchises have stakes in the leagues. So, there are no chances of a conflict. Because they will never decide against volleyball," he explained.

"PVL is a proper professional league. They know what the shortcomings were the last time around. So, they have been very focused from day one on organizing everything right, from the auction to bringing the foreign players, despite the pandemic. They are ensuring all the requirements of the franchises are met. So, I believe this Prime Volleyball League will support the growth of volleyball which nobody can stop now," he added.

With eyes on the future, Kolkata Thunderbolts camp is also looking to build a solid pool of talent in the city and the state to ensure the growth of the sport in West Bengal.

"This year, we only had one player who came at the auction from Bengal, Mr.Sujoy Dutta, who has been picked up by us and is our "face for Bengal." He would inspire more and more players from this region to start taking up volleyball as their career choice. We are hopeful that from next year onwards, we will get more Bengal-based players, and then in no time, volleyball will be the new buzz in every house. Also, I am sure the sports-loving fans in Bengal and especially Kolkata will also support their own heroes in volleyball," Mr. Patodia said.

Mr. Patodia also spoke about the discussion he had with the players of Kolkata Thunderbolts and expressed his full confidence in the abilities of the players.

"I have no doubts that Kolkata Thunderbolts will perform well in the tournament. But for me, the most important thing is that the players express themselves freely. I have told the players in my team not to take any pressure about the results," he added.

"My message to my players will only be; express yourself freely as you are, without the pressure of winning. Play your natural game as if this is the last season of your career, and I am sure we will perform like Champions," Mr Patodia said.

On being asked how he plans to promote volleyball in Bengal, Mr Patodia said , he will work at grass root level of the same and have plans to open Volleyball Academy i  Bengal and Assam where player from 14 years of age will be trained for volleyball and he is confident that by 2027 atleast four players from his Academy will play Under 21 Squad at India level. Mr Patodia further said that they have collaborated with famous Sports Wear Brand Decathlon and they will visits 100s of school in Kolkata and other districts of Bengal and distribute Volleyball net and Balls to these kids to encourage for Volleyball and thro Lucky draw will distribute jersey, shoes and other Volleyball ball related accessories to create enthusiasm among these kids. When asked about the future of Volleyball Mr Patodia said # Khelne Bangla, jitbe bangla and he signed off.

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