Rishank Devadiga to lead ‘UP Yoddha’ in the 6th Vivo-PKL

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27th September 2018; Greater Noida: UP Yoddha – The GMR Group owned franchise of the Vivo-Pro Kabaddi League (Vivo-PKL) based out of India’s largest state Uttar Pradesh (UP) today announced their star raider Rishank Devadiga as the Captain for the upcoming sixth edition of the Vivo-PKL. The franchisee also announced that the state-of-the-art Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex, Greater Noida would serve as their home ground for this season from 2-8 November 2018. The event also saw the launch of their new attractive players Kits along-with their new TV campaign with the slogan ‘Saans Rok, Seena Thok.’

The launch ceremony was graced by the presence of Shri Chetan Chauhan – Minister for Youth & Sports, Uttar Pradesh along with Shri Narendra Bhooshan (IAS) – CEO, Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority; Dr Prabhat Kumar (IAS) – Chairman, Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority; Col. Vinod Bisht – VP, GMR League Games; and players from the UP Yoddha squad.

“Kabaddi is a sport that everyone of us have played at least once in our lifetime and the Pro Kabaddi League has undoubtedly ensured that Kabaddi is now no more a backyard past-time but a full fledged professional sport. Given Uttar Pradesh’s rich history in the sport of Kabaddi it was befitting for UP to have a team in the league and I am glad that the GMR Group recognized this opportunity. I am sure the UP Yoddha would make us proud this season and I hope to see them come back home at the top,” said Shri Chetan Chauhan, Minister for Youth & Sports, Uttar Pradesh.

UP Yoddha who are fondly called ‘The Yoddha’ by their fans had an impressive first season in 2017. The team finished 3rd in there Zone and fifth overall. UP Yoddha are confident of improving their performance this season given the depth of experience that the team showcases now.

The team is being coached under the guidance of former national player Jasvir Singh. Jasvir as a player has won the Asian Games Gold medal in 2014 and was a part of the national squad that won the World Cup in 2016. The experienced and very successful Raider Rishank Devadiga leads the 19-member squad of the UP Yoddha team. The team consists of seven raiders (Rishank Devadiga, Azad Singh, Bhanu Tomar, Prashanth Kumar Rai, Rohit Kumar Choudhary, Shrikant Jadhav and Sulieman Kabir), Eight Defenders (Nitin Mavi, Nitesh Kumar, Jeeva Kumar, Amit, Vishav Chaudhary, Pankaj, Sachin Kumar and Aashish Nagar) and four all-rounders (Akram Shaikh, Narendra, Sagar Krishna and the Korean Seong Ryeol Kim).

Speaking at the launch ceremony, Col. Vinod Bisht, VP, GMR League Games said, “Our first season was a good experience for us and the team and management learnt its lessons well. This year we have been very careful in choosing our players and we are confident of improving on last season. I am glad that the coach and the team has chosen Rishank as their captain and his recent stint as Maharashtra captain has only shown us his capability and how he was the apt choice for the position. I am also thankful to our sponsors for their support and the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority group for helping us with their state-of-the-art Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex as our home ground. I hope we will give enough reasons to our fans to rejoice our second season in the Vivo-Pro Kabaddi League.”

Also sharing his excitement was Mr. R T Wasan, Vice President – Sales & Marketing, Tata Motors, " We are glad to continue the association of our dynamic pickup truck Tata Yodha with the UP Yoddha Vivo-PKL franchisee. The UP Yoddha squad aptly reflects the attributes of dynamism, endurance and strength, cornerstones of the Tata Yodha pickup truck. We had an exciting fifth Vivo-PKL season and are confident that the sixth season will be even more successful. Here’s to more glory and success to the UP Yoddha team for the sixth season of the Vivo-PKL’’

Mr. Satoshi Uchida, Managing Director, Suzuki Motorcycle India said, "We are very excited to associate with the UP Yoddha franchisee of the country’s most popular sports league, the PKL. The Suzuki Access 125 is all about performance and efficiency and that is what we expect to see more of from the UP Yoddha this sixth PKL season. We wish "UP Yoddha" all the very best and may they go beyond and higher."

“We are thrilled to be a part of the Pro Kabbadi League through this association with UP Yoddha and Captain Morgan Cola. The UP Yoddha team is a powerhouse with young and energetic players. This association with one of India’s leading Kabbadi team allows us to engage with fans of this growing sport by evoking the fun quotient with Captain Morgan Cola. We look forward to a fruitful season for the team and hope they bring the cup home this year,” said Amarpreet Singh, Executive Vice President & Portfolio Head, Marketing, Diageo India.

UP Yoddha begin their season in Chennai against Tamil Thalaivas on the 8th of October 2018. The team will play a total of 22 games, which also includes six games at their home venue in Greater Noida from November 2-8, 2018.

UP YODDHA MATCH SCHEDULE

AWAY GAMES

Date Day of Week Venue Home Team
08-Oct Monday Chennai Tamil Thalivas
12-Oct Friday Sonipat Patna Pirates
14-Oct Sunday Telugu Titans
20-Oct Saturday Pune Bengal Warriors
24-Oct Wednesday Puneri Paltan
28th-Oct Sunday Patna Dabang Delhi
13th- Nov Tuesday Mumbai U-Mumba
16th-Nov Friday Ahmedabad Jaipur Pink Panters
18th-Nov Sunday Gujarat Fortune Giants
27th-Nov Tuesday Bangalore Bengaluru Bulls
6th-Dec Thursday Delhi Haryana Steelers
11th-Dec Tuesday Hyderabad Telugu Titans
15th-Dec Saturday Jaipur Tamil Thalivas
16th-Dec Sunday Patna Pirates
27th-Dec Thursday Kolkata Bengal Warriors

HOME GAMES

VENUE: SHAHEED VIJAY SINGH PATHIK SPORTS COMPLEX, GREATER NOIDA

Date Day Home Team Away Team
02/11/2018 Friday UP Yoddha Tamil Thaliva
03/11/2018 Saturday UP Yoddha Bengaluru Bulls
04/11/2018 Sunday UP Yoddha Bengal Warriors
06/11/2018 Tuesday UP Yoddha Telugu Titans
07/11/2018 Wednesday UP Yoddha Patna Pirates
08/11/2018 Thursday UP Yoddha Bengaluru Bulls
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