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Hinduja Group announces its foray into Sports Leagues

Hinduja Group’s ONEOTT iNTERTAINMENT LTD and IN ENTERTAINMENT INDIA LTD are now the proud owners of the ‘Mumbai Ninjas’ – the Mumbai Franchise in the Ultimate Karate League (UKL). Mumbai Ninjas are one of the six teams that shall feature in the first season of the UKL Ultimate Karate League starting on 11th January 2019.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Yugal Kishore Sharma, CEO of Hinduja Group’s ONEOTT iNTERTAINMENT LTD and IN ENTERTAINMENT INDIA LTD said, “Not only the technical rules, the business model of UKL too is unique that guarantees a very sound eco-system for Team Owners. It is probably the only Professional Sports League in India that is setting out for 3 Seasons in its inaugural year”

Along with Mumbai Ninjas, the other teams that shall feature in the first season of UKL are Bengaluru Kings, Chandigarh Fighters, Delhi Bravehearts, Kolkata Radicals and Ranchi Rebels. The debut match is all set to take place at Bengaluru’s Koramangala Indoor Stadium followed by its final leg at Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi.

With world champions and renowned national players, the UKL Ultimate Karate League will feature matches that are entertaining and action packed – appealing to all Sports fans in India and across the world. UKL has signed World Champions as Marquee Players in each Team. Legendary Masters Sensei Ilija Jorga and Sensei Vladimir Jorga will be present during the entire Season.

Mr. Yugal Sharma also added, “Mumbai Ninjas Team has the World’s Best Fighter Mr. Calin Marincas from Romania as its Marquee Player. Calin has 6 World Championship Titles under his belly.”

Karate was not a spectator sport till the Research & Development works of Sensei Rajeev Sinha resulted in creation of unique technical rules that are specifically structured from televisions’ perspective. Fan-engagement is maximized and the new rules bring in thrilling action as never seen before in a real-time team matches.

“The main purpose of establishing UKL was to trigger an aspirational connect amongst the existing and future Karate practitioners. It is noteworthy that there are over 190 million practitioners of Karate around the world who pay to learn and compete. However, the current amateur format does not provide platform for trainees to dream of becoming Ronaldos, Dhonis or Tendulkars of Karate as the rules of amateur competitions are too boring for general spectators. With UKL in place, we expect steep rise in its following in India”, said Sensei Rajeev Sinha, Chairman of IPKC.

UKL has opted for episodic telecast in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives and Sri Lanka over Discovery Channel’s DSPORT. “We preferred episodic telecasts on Sundays Prime Time for 18-weeks and repeat telecast on weekdays, totaling 36 days over 5 months of visibility over television” said Sensei Rajeev Sinha.

UKL has tied-up with Czech Republic based QuickMedia to broadcast UKL content to rest of the world over its OTT platform.

Additionally, UKL has carved out unique Women Empowerment Program #NoMoreMeToo. “The whole world was recently engulfed in #MeToo wave. But that is merely a 'problem statement’ and not a solution. We have revived our women empowerment project ‘Be-Your-Own-Weapon’ with #NoMoreMeToo”, added Sensei Sinha.

UKL FACTS

Sanctioned by: Indian Professional Karate Council (IPKC)

Teams: 6 (Bengaluru Kings, Chandigarh Fighters, Delhi Bravehearts, Kolkata Radicals, Mumbai Ninjas and Ranchi Rebels)

Seasons: 3 seasons in a year (January – March – September)

1st Season Host Cities: 2 (Bengaluru, 11 – 13 January 2019)

  (Delhi, 18 – 20 January 2019)

 

Broadcast Partners: Discovery Channel’s DSPORT and QuickMedia OTT

Format: Best of Three Matches

Total Number of Matches: 18

 

Title Track: UKL Theme Song : Rag Rag Mein  

 

Grass-root Programs: 1. Scholarship driven CuppaSchoola Program

  1. #NoMoreMeToo  “Be Your Own Weapon”

 

World Champions: 1. Mr. Calin Marincas (Romania)

  1. Mr. Nenad Duricic (Serbia)
  2.   Mr. Dawid Rojowski (Poland)
  3. Mr. Iulian Dumitras (Romania)
  4. Mr. Artsrun Ohanyan (Armenia)
  5. Mr. Damian Tomasik (Poland)
  6. Ms. Iuliana Clitan (Romania)
  7. Ms. Klaudia Mleko (Poland)
  8. Ms. Jelena Stanojevic (Serbia)
  9. Ms. Agnieszka Sajdutka (Poland)
  10. Ms. Barbora Znamenckova (Czech Republic)
  11. Ms. Roxana Stoica (Romania)

 

Indian Champions: 1. Mr. Satya Pal (UP)

  1. Mr. Mohit Tiwari (MP)
  2. Mr. Ritik Kumar (Delhi)
  3. Mr. Ritik Singh (Bihar)
  4. Mr. Rohit Tiwari (MP)
  5. Mr. Umesh Saket (MP)
  6. Mr. Harsh Kumar (Bihar)
  7. Mr. Karan Chaudhary (Delhi)
  8. Mr. Moninder Singh (Delhi)
  9. Mr. Manjeet Singh (Bihar)
  10. Mr. Balram Gupta (Delhi)
  11. Mr. Shashank Kumar (Bihar)
  12. Mr. L. Rohiteshwar (Karnataka)
  13. Mr. Ranjeet Kumar (Bihar)
  14. Mr. Rabi Das (West Bengal)
  15. Mr. Alok Xess (Jharkhand)
  16. Mr. Kuldeep Dagar (Delhi)
  17. Mr. Yuvraj Singh Khodwal (Rajasthan)

Each Team consists of 4 male and 1 female athletes. World and European Champions are Marquee players who were allotted to teams through Players Allocation Draw. The Team compositions are as under:

Bengaluru Kings

Sl.

Athlete

World Championship

Continental & Nationals

1.

Nenad Duricic (Serbia)

3 times World Medals

4-times European Medals

2.

Klaudia Mleko (Poland)

3 times World Medals

4-times European Medals

3.

Ritik Singh

-

3-times National Medals

4.

Shashank Kumar

-

3-times National Medals

5.

Ranjeet Kumar

-

State medals

Chandigarh Fighters

Sl.

Athlete

World Championship

Continental & Nationals

1.

Dawid Rojowski (Poland)

3 times World Champion

3-times European Medals

2.

Iuliana Clitan (Romania)

4 times World Champion

7-times European Medals

3.

Satya Pal

-

2-times National Medals

4.

Balram Gupta

-

2-times National Medals

5.

L. Rohiteshwar

-

State medals

Delhi Bravehearts

Sl.

Athlete

World Championship

Continental & Nationals

1.

Dawid Rojowski (Poland)

2 times World medals

3-times European Medals

2.

Jelena Stanojevic (Serbia)

4 times World Champion

4-times European Champ

3.

Mohit Tiwari

-

2-times National Medals

4.

Moninder Singh

-

2-times National Medals

5.

Rabi Das

-

2-times National Champion

Kolkata Radicals

Sl.

Athlete

World Championship

Continental & Nationals

1.

Artsrun Ohanyan (Armenia)

4 times World medals

5-times European Medals

2.

Agnieszka Sajdutka (Poland)

3 times World medals

4-times European Champ

3.

Ritik Kumar

-

3-times National Champion

4.

Manjeet Singh

-

1-time National Medals

5.

Alok Xess

-

2-times National Medals

Mumbai Ninjas

Sl.

Athlete

World Championship

Continental & Nationals

1.

Calin Marincas (Romania)

6 times World Champions

8-times European Champ

2.

Barbora Znamenckova (Czech Republic)

1 time World Medalist

1-time European Medal

3.

Rohit Tiwari

-

1-time National Medal

4.

Karan Chaudhary

-

1-time National Medal

5.

Yuvraj Singh Khodwal

-

1-time National Medal

 

Ranchi Rebels

Sl.

Athlete

World Championship

Continental & Nationals

1.

Damian Tomasik (Poland)

5 times World Medalist

3-times European medals

2.

Roxana Stoica (Romania)

6 times World Medalist

14-times European champ

3.

Umesh Saket

-

4-times National Champion

4.

Kuldeep Dagar

-

3-times National Medals

5.

Harsh Kumar

-

4-times National Medal

 

 

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