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Now comes a volleyball league

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Adding to the state of leagues, the Federation of (VFI) announced today the launch of a league in the second half of 2018 after the conclusion of the in August in

The Pro League aims to take the sport to the next level in the country, its organisers said.

The VFI, in association with Baseline Ventures, said in a that the commencement of the bid process for the league has started.

The bid documents for prospective franchise owners would be available from tomorrow, it said.

Announcing the availability of the bid documents, Joy Bhattacharjya, CEO, Pro League, said, "In the first season, we are looking at six partners who share our vision of taking the Indian volleyball to the next level as franchise owners."

"A bidder will be able to bid for two cities of its choice and the final winning bids for the six teams will be chosen as per the eligibility parameters mentioned in the bid document which includes their interest in the development of the sport in India," said Bhattacharjya.

The league, to be played across two cities in the country, one in North and the other in South. The league will feature 18 matches to be played across two indoor venues, the release said.

The teams would consist of men from the national teams across all FIVB (the international governing body of the sport) member nations, with a predominant Indian pool.

Players' auction is scheduled for July and franchise owners can bid for the Indian players from a of over 90 players. Foreign players will be recruited via draft, the release added.

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 18:15 IST