Not many may have be aware of U Sports company earlier, but the firm slowly ventured into the sporting world and created a big name for itself. The company owned by Ronnie Screwvala entered into the sports arena four years ago by buying Pro-Kabaddi League side U Mumba in 2014 and the rest is history. After the success on the mat, the company has now ventured into inaugural Pro Volleyball League with the acquisition of their second sports franchisee – U Mumba Volley.
With the auction happening next month the franchise is hoping to repeat their Kabaddi success on the volleyball court. Speaking to Asian Age he said “We have been doing our homework for the last two months. We have a lot of new players in kabaddi every year making their mark and older players are also doing very well. It will be the same in Volleyball mix of young and experienced Indian and foreign players,”
Screwvala also aid that they plan to develop football from the grassroot level. “We are keen on football and are working on grassroots level. We want to build it at community level during next five-six years and will love to own an I-League team in future. We also are into E Sports,” he added.
This is the first time that a league has been introduced for the Volleyball players. Overall six teams will be contesting the event. Apart from U Mumba Volley, the other five teams are Ahmedabad Defenders will be owned by Bonhomie-Sports Event management; Beacon Sports will own Calicut Heroes, Chennai Spartans are acquired by a consortium of alco-beverage company Kals Group; Kochi Blue Spikers by Thomas Muthoot of the Muthoot Pappachan Group; Hyderabad Black Hawks by Agile Securities, the co-owners of Pro Badminton League franchise Hyderabad Hunters.
The teams will comprise 12 players, including two foreign players, one Indian icon player, and two Indian U-21 players. The league will involve 18 matches, with each team playing each other once in a round-robin format and the top four teams qualifying for the semi-finals.