Indian cricket icon Virat Kohli has ventured into a new domain by co-owning the Blue Rising Team, a participant in the inaugural season of the UIM E1 World Championship. Alongside Adi K Mishra, the CEO of League Sports Co. (LSC), Kohli is set to make waves in the world of electric boat racing.
The UIM E1 World Championship marks the world’s first all-electric race boat competition, authorized by the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM), the global governing body for powerboating events. This championship is a groundbreaking initiative aimed at providing an engaging and competitive on-water racing platform built on electric technologies, with a focus on safeguarding and rejuvenating urban waters and coastal ecosystems.
Virat Kohli shared his excitement about this new venture, emphasizing his desire to inspire a competitive spirit and raise awareness about sustainability issues. He is eager to support the male and female pilots racing for the Blue Rising Team and compete against other high-profile teams led by athletes such as Tom Brady, Rafael Nadal, Steve Aoki, Didier Drogba, and Sergio Perez.
Adi K Mishra, the CEO of LSC, expressed enthusiasm about partnering with Virat Kohli, hailing him as one of the greatest athletes of their generation and one of cricket’s finest batsmen. Mishra also lauded the role of Bunty Sajdeh, CEO of Cornerstone Sport & Entertainment, in facilitating collaborations with brands that share their values of sustainability and gender inclusion.
Virat Kohli is now owner of team BLUE RISING at UIM E1 world championship, E1 is the first electric race boat championship. Super excited for this one🔥 pic.twitter.com/mG0wHXE75A
— Yashvi. (@BreatheKohli) October 3, 2023
Rodi Basso, Co-Founder & CEO of UIM E1 World Championship, welcomed the Blue Rising Team as the seventh entrant in the championship. He commended Kohli’s passion for sustainability and Adi’s ability to drive success, predicting that their team would be a formidable presence on the water. Basso also expressed confidence that their involvement would attract millions of new fans and amplify the championship’s impact through sport and purpose.
Alejandro Agag, Co-Founder & Chairman of UIM E1 World Championship, celebrated the addition of the Blue Rising Team, emphasizing the team’s commitment to both sport and sustainability. He hailed Virat Kohli and his team’s sportsmanship and noted that they were poised to excel both on and off the water. Agag believes that their collaboration will inspire and educate future generations and is eager to see the championship kick off in Jeddah next year.
The UIM E1 World Championship promises to be an exhilarating endeavor, combining cutting-edge electric technologies with the thrill of boat racing while promoting sustainability and ecological conservation in urban waters and coastal areas.