TheÂ WinnersÂ ofÂ theÂ inauguralÂ Hero HockeyÂ IndiaÂ LeagueÂ willÂ winÂ aÂ grandÂ prizeÂ ofÂ Rs 2,50,00,000/- (Rupees Two Crores and Fifty Lacs)Â andÂ aÂ glitteringÂ trophy,Â whileÂ the Runners UpÂ willÂ collectÂ aÂ sumÂ ofÂ Rs 1,25,00,000/- ( Rupees One Crore and Twenty Five Lacs) and teamÂ placedÂ ThirdÂ willÂ win Rs 75,00,000/- (Rupees Seventy Five Lacs)
MakingÂ theÂ announcementÂ here on Monday, ChairmanÂ ofÂ theÂ Hero HockeyÂ IndiaÂ League, Dr Narinder BatraÂ said, theÂ Hero Player of the TournamentÂ willÂ receiveÂ Rs 25,00,000/- (Rupees Twenty Five Lacs) and a Trophy, Prize for the Upcoming Player of theÂ Tournament will receiveÂ theÂ Ponty Chadha TrophyÂ andÂ Rs 20,00,000/- (Rupees Twenty Lacs), theÂ teamÂ scoringÂ highestÂ numberÂ ofÂ goalsÂ inÂ theÂ leagueÂ stageÂ gets AirtelÂ AwardÂ forÂ scoringÂ theÂ highestÂ numberÂ ofÂ goalsÂ forÂ Rs 10,00,000/- (Rupees Ten Lacs)Â and a Trophy andÂ theÂ team gettingÂ leastÂ numberÂ ofÂ green, yellowÂ andÂ redÂ cardsÂ getsÂ theÂ Fair playÂ Trophy.
SpeakingÂ onÂ theÂ announcement, Dr Narinder BatraÂ said: "The Hero Hockey India LeagueÂ isÂ proudÂ toÂ announceÂ theseÂ excitingÂ awardsÂ forÂ the teamsÂ andÂ the playersÂ whoÂ areÂ puttingÂ forwardÂ aÂ greatÂ showÂ forÂ millionsÂ ofÂ fansÂ ofÂ theÂ gameÂ acrossÂ theÂ world. The cashÂ prizesÂ comeÂ asÂ rewardsÂ forÂ the Franchisee, playersÂ andÂ theÂ supportÂ teamsÂ hardÂ workÂ andÂ dedicationÂ toÂ makeÂ theÂ Hero Hockey IndiaÂ LeagueÂ theÂ best inÂ theÂ 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.
TheÂ HHILÂ hasÂ alreadyÂ witnessedÂ 16Â sectionalÂ matchesÂ across citiesÂ such as Delhi, Lucknow, Ranchi, MumbaiÂ andÂ Jalandhar. TheÂ leagueÂ hasÂ beenÂ receivedÂ wellÂ acrossÂ theÂ countryÂ andÂ willÂ surelyÂ actÂ asÂ aÂ platformÂ toÂ bringÂ backÂ theÂ lostÂ fameÂ ofÂ hockeyÂ inÂ the country.
TheÂ Hero HockeyÂ IndiaÂ LeagueÂ isÂ organizedÂ byÂ HockeyÂ IndiaÂ withÂ officialÂ sanction fromÂ theÂ International HockeyÂ Federation (FIH). The inaugural season is being played from January 14 to February 10, 2013 in a home and away format. The five franchisee basedÂ teams,Â consistingÂ ofÂ theÂ top hockeyÂ playersÂ fromÂ IndiaÂ andÂ aroundÂ theÂ world,Â will completeÂ forÂ theÂ prestigiousÂ trophy. HeroÂ Motocorp Ltd.Â IsÂ theÂ TitleÂ SponsorÂ ofÂ theÂ leagueÂ whileÂ AirtelÂ isÂ theÂ Associate Sponsor. Star Sports whoÂ isÂ theÂ Broadcast Partner, willÂ be telecastingÂ allÂ matches live.