The schedule for the inaugural season of Ultimate Kho Kho has been released, with Mumbai Khiladis and Gujarat Giants battling it out followed by Chennai Quick Guns taking on Telugu Yoddhas on August 14.
The first season of the tournament, featuring six teams, will take place in the Badminton Hall at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune, Maharashtra. The country’s first-ever franchise-based Kho-Kho league will present a visual spectacle for the fans as two matches will be played each day during the league stage of the tournament. The live broadcast of the tournament will start at 7pm daily.
The tournament is promoted by Amir Burman, chairman of Dabur India, in collaboration with the Kho Kho Federation of India.
Tenzing Niyogi, CEO of Ultimate Kho Kho, said:
“We are looking forward to an exciting season of Ultimate Kho Kho with balanced squads on all sides. It’s going to be an entertaining 22 days for the Kho-Kho fraternity and sports enthusiasts. We aim to reach millions of fans across the country by broadcasting the action in regional languages in addition to Hindi and English. Based on the fabulous response we’ve received, we’re confident viewers will enjoy the format.“
On Independence Day, also Matchday 2 of Ultimate Kho Kho Season 1, viewers will see Rajasthan Warriors and Odisha Juggernauts begin their league journey while clashing with Mumbai Khiladis and Chennai Quick Guns respectively. All the teams will play twice against each other during the 30-match league stage, which will continue till August 31. The top four teams will progress into the Playoffs. The Eliminator and Qualifier 1 will be played on September 2, while Qualifier 2 will take place on September 3. The final is scheduled for September 4.
The top two teams will fight in Qualifier 1 and the winner will directly enter the final. The Eliminator, on the other hand, will see competition between third- and fourth-ranked teams for a place in Qualifier 2, where they will play the loser of Qualifier 1. The final will be played between the winners of Qualifier 1 and Qualifier 2.
The live telecast of Ultimate Kho Kho Season 1 will be aired on Sony Ten 3 in Hindi and Marathi, Sony Ten 1 in English, and Sony Ten 4 in Tamil and Telugu. It will also be livestreamed on SonyLIV.