New Delhi: The Winners of the inaugural Hero Hockey India League will win a grand prize of Rs 2,50,00,000/- (Rupees Two Crores and Fifty Lacs) and a glittering trophy, while the Runners Up will collect a sum of Rs 1,25,00,000/- ( Rupees One Crore and Twenty Five Lacs) and team placed Third will win Rs 75,00,000/- (Rupees Seventy Five Lacs)
Making the announcement here on Monday, Chairman of the Hero Hockey India League, Dr Narinder Batra said, the Hero Player of the Tournament will receive Rs 25,00,000/- (Rupees Twenty Five Lacs) and a Trophy, Prize for the Upcoming Player of the Tournament will receive the Ponty Chadha Trophy and Rs 20,00,000/- (Rupees Twenty Lacs), the team scoring highest number of goals in the league stage gets Airtel Award for scoring the highest number of goals for Rs 10,00,000/- (Rupees Ten Lacs) and a Trophy and the team getting least number of green, yellow and red cards gets the Fair play Trophy.
Speaking on the announcement, Dr Narinder Batra said: "The Hero Hockey India League is proud to announce these exciting awards for the teams and the players who are putting forward a great show for millions of fans of the game across the world. The cash prizes come as rewards for the Franchisee, players and the support teams hard work and dedication to make the Hero Hockey India League the best in the World."
Currently the players gain recognition in each match through the 'Hero Man of the Match' being awarded Rs 25,000/- per game, the 'Airtel Goal of the Match' receiving Rs 25,000/- per match and the Airtel Golden Goal scorers per match collecting Rs 10,000/- each. The Hero Hockey India League will be distributing a total of Rs 5.40 Crores in prize money.
The HHIL has already witnessed 16 sectional matches across cities such as Delhi, Lucknow, Ranchi, Mumbai and Jalandhar. The league has been received well across the country and will surely act as a platform to bring back the lost fame of hockey in the country.
The Hero Hockey India League is organized by Hockey India with official sanction from the International Hockey Federation (FIH). The inaugural season is being played from January 14 to February 10, 2013 in a home and away format. The five franchisee based teams, consisting of the top hockey players from India and around the world, will complete for the prestigious trophy. Hero Motocorp Ltd. Is the Title Sponsor of the league while Airtel is the Associate Sponsor. Star Sports who is the Broadcast Partner, will be telecasting all matches live.