Bangalore, Jan 8: In a way the Indian Premier League has done a world of good to the Indian sport. The successful formula saw the rise of Indian Badminton League, World Hockey League and Hockey India League. The latest one pondering over the idea is in athletics.
The Athletics Federation of India, is mulling launching a franchise-based league, through which it is planning to draw some of the Olympic and World champions from track and field. Through this the federation is expecting to raise the profile of the sport in the country.
The AFI Executive Committee, in its recent meeting, discussed the possibility of starting a cash-rich competition to be named Indian Athletics League (IAL), with a sports management firm presenting a blueprint.
Though the finer details are yet to be finalised, the proposed IAL will be a franchised-based competition on the lines of Indian Premier League and Indian Badminton League. It will also have some similarities with the prestigious 14-leg Diamond League Series organised by the world governing body IAAF each year.
AFI Executive Committee took the decision to hold the proposed IAL in the first half of August if the sponsors and necessary funds are available. The sports management firm has been tasked to find the corporate sponsors.
The league is expected to have eight to 10 francisees across the country and will have eight men and eight women athletes, with hopes of roping in some of the international stars. The event is also expected to have some big prize money.
He also said there will be eight to 10 franchise sides based in different cities across the country and each team will have eight men and eight women, with top international stars in them.