The Indian Premier League has changed the face of sports in the country and taking cue from it, many sporting associations have taken the IPL way to promote other sports.

This time, if things fall in place, the Kho kho Federation of India is set to launch its first-ever franchise-based league in December or early January, next year. The federation has already appointed Indian Olympic Association secretary, Rajeev Mehta, as the chairman of the league, and the process of bringing in corporate franchises have begun.

“The process is on and things should be finalised in the next one month. This is a beginning and we hope to attract more people towards the game,” Kho kho Federation of India’s secretary, Mahendra Singh Tyagi, told Sportstar on Thursday.

The federation has asked for bids from corporate groups and based on that a total of eight franchises will be selected for the league. “We want to take the sport to as many places as possible and we will ensure that people watch the game more,” Tyagi said.

While the Memorandum of Understanding with the teams is expected to be signed in the next couple of weeks, the federation is also planning to involve some of the top celebrities.