Vivo to back out of IPL 2020 title sponsorship!
By MKV | Galatta | Aug 04, 2020, 08:03 pm
The entire world is already going through troubled times with the outbreak of the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus. Though Corona Virus cases were reported from as early as towards the end of last year, the beginning of this year turned it into a Pandemic and almost all the countries went through a total lockdown for over 100 days! This also caused the cancellation or postponement of major sporting events, including the T20 Cricket World Cup as well as the Olympics! However, with the lockdown being lifted across countries and international travel resuming the sport of Cricket also resurfaced with the England Vs West Indies Test series happening. Currently, England is playing against Ireland in a limited overs series. After a lot of uncertainty, Cricket fans heaved a major sigh of relief, when it was announced that this year's edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) would happen!
It was initially announced that the IPL would be played in some foreign country as the Pandemic has not actually reduced in India and the number of new cases being infected by the Corona Virus is only going up! Just a couple of days back, it was confirmed by the IPL Governing Council that all of this year's matches would be played in the UAE! The government approval for the same was also obtained subsequently and the tournament schedule was also released! However, ever since the armed forces of India and China clashed in the Ladakh region along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) of the Indo-China border, tensions continue to remain high and anti-China sentiment is also running high across our country! The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had been facing a lot of backlash over retaining the Chinese mobile company Vivo as the title sponsors for the IPL!
With the public outcry growing bigger, we now hear that Vivo is most likely to pull out of this year's tournament! Though the BCCI nor Vivo have confirmed it, this decision seems most likely. In June, the BCCI had stated that it would review the IPL sponsorship deals but no names of any companies were announced. A statement was also issued in this regard, mentioning that the IPL Governing Council would meet to take a decision, following a number of Indian soldiers being martyred in the clashes with Chinese Armed Forces! Vivo initially signed on to be the title sponsor for 2 years, in 2015 but then extended it to a five year contract, till 2022! Reports also state that the franchises are not worried much about this new development, as they are confident of a replacement sponsor being found, soon! Stay tuned for updates...