The entire team led by Coach Jude Felix and Captain Arjun showcased their official on field sport apparel at the press conference today


The national sport Hockey to reinvigorate in India with one of the most awaited series this year the World Series Hockey, which begins on 29th February 2012. Sporting Ace- part of the rapidly growing Zentrum Group introduced the Bangalore Franchisee of the World Series Hockey, Karnataka Lions today. In addition to the announcement, the team’s jersey was also launched at the press conference. Present at the event were Sagar Pol Chowdhury, Managing Director, Sporting Ace, Kingshuk, Director, Sporting Ace, Coach Jude Felix and the Karnataka Lions team.



On this occasion, Sagar Pol Chowdhury, Managing Director, Sporting Ace Pvt Ltd said – “Sporting Ace aims to promote multiple sports and build necessary infrastructure. The Bangalore franchise, Karnataka Lions of WSH is our first and most important stride in that direction. I am elated to have Sunil Shetty as the Chief Mentor and Jude Felix as the coach of Karnataka Lions and really looking forward to a great series.”


The team is lead by Indian hockey player Arjun Halappa and has Bollywood action hero Suniel Shetty as its Chief Mentor. With a winning combination of young and experienced players such as Hockey Icon – Dhanraj Pillay, Sandeep Singh to name a few, the team is touted as one of the top contenders to win the Series. The team not only has the best players from India but also finest players like Adnan Maqsood and Zeeshan Ashraf from Pakistan and Eli Matheson from Australia.


Jude Felix, Coach of Karnataka Lions said, “The team has a tremendous lineup and looking forward to the players lending their amazing experiences for a great start.  I am quite excited about the prospects and I’m sure Karnataka Lions will live up to the expectations of their fans in this power-packed league”.



As the name and the profile of the players suggests, the team represents a Lion who is characterized as Majestic, Energetic, and Agile. The Karnataka Lions logo symbolizes the aggressive and never say die attitude of the team. The flowing mane shows the progressive nature of the brand. The roar of the Lion signifies the fierce killer instinct of the team. Overall, Karnataka Lions will be a force to reckon with in the World Series Hockey.



XAGE Mobile is the presenting and platinum sponsor for Karnataka Lions. Nawal Kumar Sawarthia, CEO – XAGE Mobile, said, “We are extremely privileged to be associated with Karnataka Lions and look forward to creating an action-packed season for our young consumers. This initiative is an extension of our responsible approach towards business and efficient collaboration with our partners and customers taking the World in new directions. It’s also our commitment to give people an opportunity to connect with their icons and share a platform with them”.


The Karnataka jersey launched defines an un-daunting aggressive winning spirit of the team and bringing the glory back of the sport. Mayor International (Licensee Slazenger India) has associated with Karnataka Lions as the kit sponsor. Nitin Mayor, Director, Mayor International said, “With this association we will not only help augment the sport by providing the most innovative products but also give opportunities to all the hockey lovers and fans to engage with players. We aim to enhance the passion of hockey fans and express solidarity to the team”.


The other key sponsors include NICE as the gold sponsor, Radio City – the official radio partner, as the online partner and RVR16 as the digital partner. Karnataka Lions first game is with the Delhi wizards on March 2nd 2012 and will take on the Bhopal Badshahs at home on March 5th, 2012. Get your tickets to the world hockey series from the official ticketing partner