The opening season of Ultimate Kho Kho will kick off on Sunday, August 14, 2022, in Pune, with six teams fighting it out for the title that will be decided on September 4. India’s first-ever franchise-based professional Kho-Kho league will host its matches at the Shri Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune.
The inaugural season will witness six teams in the shape and form of Chennai Quick Guns (KLO Sports), Gujarat Giants (Adani Sportsline), Mumbai Khiladis (Badshah and Punit Balan), Odisha Juggernauts (Government of Odisha), Rajasthan Warriors (Capri Global) and Telugu Yoddhas (GMR Sports) competing for the inaugural season over 21 days. Promoted by Amit Burman, Chairman, Dabur India, in collaboration with the Kho Kho Federation of India (KKFI), the league aims to revolutionise the indigenous sport with a modern twist.
Tenzing Niyogi, CEO, Ultimate Kho Kho, commented:
“We would like to thank all our six team owners and Sony Sports Network, who have shown their support and faith in our vision as Ultimate Kho Kho. Our objective has always been to transform Kho Kho and bring forth the new avatar in front of the masses of India to make our country a multisport nation.“
A total of 34 matches will be played in Season 1, with two matches played out per day during the league stage. The knockout matches will be played in a playoff format which will consist of qualifier and eliminator matches. The live broadcast will begin at 7:00 pm (IST) and continue until 10:00 pm (IST) on each match day.