Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty is going to be the chief mentor of Bangalore franchise of World Series Hockey, Karnataka Lions, that has been acquired by Sporting Ace Pvt Ltd.
"Sporting Ace Pvt Ltd is part of the rapidly growing Zentrum Group and has acclaimed Bollywood action hero Suniel Shetty as the chief mentor," WSH said in a statement.
"Zentrum Group is a global player in the field of energy, chemicals, education, sports, information technology, consulting, media, and outsourcing and works extensively with the world's leading corporate houses, governments, and institutions."
Shetty, an avid sports enthusiast, has also been the brand ambassador for Indian hockey.
"I am extremely 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," Shetty said.
Sagar Pol Chowdhury, managing director, Sporting Ace Pvt Ltd said the Bangalore franchise will be much more than just a profitable venture.
"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."
This is the second of the eight city based franchise to be announced by WSH.
Chennai Cheetahs, the first franchise to be named, are owned by Chennai Sports Organisers, backed by LT Nanwani, the director and promoter of Jubilee Granites mining company.
The WSH will be held from December 17 to January 22 and will involve 200 leading players - Indian and international - who will showcase their talent in 61 matches. It will be a multi-city franchise-based League with players being allocated to the teams based on the internationally accepted and practiced 'draft' system.