Bollywood joins the World Series Hockey, with Bangalore Franchise being acquired by Zentrum Group mentored by action hero Suniel Shetty. The franchise is named as “Karnataka Lions“. It has been acquired by Sporting Ace, which is a part of the Zentrum Group, which is a global player in the field of energy, chemicals, education, sports, information technology, consulting, media and outsourcing and works with corporate houses, governments, and institutions.
Sunil Shetty said, “I am proud to spearhead the Karnataka Lions in World Series Hockey. I have been the brand ambassador for Indian Hockey and felt it was about time I took a more active role in creating a global platform for our hockey players to excel.”
Sporting Ace MD Sagar Pol Chowdhury said, “The Bangalore franchise will be much more than just a profitable venture for us. We are committed to invest in sports and the newly formed entity Sporting Ace will look at promoting multiple sports and help build necessary infrastructure. WSH is the first and most important step in that direction. I am delighted to have Suniel Shetty as the Chief Mentor and his passion for sports is a perfect fit with the vision of our organisation”
Nimbus Sport COO Yannick Colaco said, “We are indeed proud to welcome Suniel Shetty and Sporting Ace to the WSH family. It is heartening to see the passion for Hockey they bring to the table and I am confident this will translate into an extremely large and loyal fan base for the Karnataka Lions”.