Pavna Sports Venture Unveils India's First Women's Handball League with INR 100+ Crore Investment

Entertainment | February 7, 2024 | News

Pavna Sports Venture Women's Handball League

Pavna Sports Venture have announced the launch of South Asia’s inaugural professional Women’s Handball League (WHL) in India and will be making a significant investment of INR 100+ crores which will be strategically allocated over the next 3 years to drive revolutionary grassroots development of the sport in India.

The WHL will be organized under the auspices of the South Asian Handball Federation, the Asian Handball Federation, and supported by the Handball Association of India.

As the official licensee holders, Pavna Sports Venture also plans to integrate foreign exchange programs as a crucial part of its grassroots development initiatives to provide a holistic development platform for Indian women players wherein the necessary exposure and experiences will be provided to make their name in the sport both in India and globally.

Priya Jain, Executive Director, Pavna Industries & Chairperson, Pavna Sports Venture said, “As a business group, Pavna Sports Venture is a strong advocate of women empowerment and we believe sports is a crucial tool to facilitate the growth of an individual in many aspects. Our investment of INR 100 crores will contribute to establishing an inclusive ecosystem that empowers women's handball to thrive and secure a premium position within Women’s Sports Leagues in India. Drawing insights from the success trajectories of other sports leagues in the country, we have a long-term vision for the Women's Handball League and expect it to achieve financial profitability within the next five to six years as per our projections. We are aiming to launch the league by January 2025 and are focused on creating a self-sustaining model with robust foundations that can prosper without relying on external financial support.”

The financial commitment will play a pivotal role in stimulating key areas at the grassroots level such as infrastructure development, talent identification, and the creation of high-quality coaching facilities.

With six teams set to compete in the inaugural edition, the league will feature prominent players from the Middle East, South East, Europe, and Africa who will enhance the league's diversity and competitiveness to create a spectacle of best-in-class Handball action for fans across the country.

Anandeshwar Pandey, League Chairman of Handball Association of India & Secretary General, South Asian Handball Federation said, “We are proud to be part of this historic moment as we launch India's first Women’s Handball League. This league is a significant step forward in our mission to promote and develop women’s handball across the country. By joining forces with Pavna Sports Venture and international Handball federations, we aim to elevate the standard of women's handball in India and provide our athletes with a world-class platform to compete at the highest level. This league marks the beginning of a new era for women's handball in our nation.”

Women’s handball in India has been on the rise with over 300,000 girls and women actively engaging in handball across various levels in India, representing schools, colleges, universities, CISF, CRPF, Railways, Services Sports Control Board (Army, Navy, Airforce), Sports Authority of India, Sports Promotion Board, and more.

The WHL promises to be a game-changer for women's handball in India by not only providing a transformative platform for players to showcase their skills but also creating future champions.

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