VIVO voluntarily pulls itself out of title sponsorship for IPL 2020

IPL: India’s most prosperous Premier League has its Title Sponsor in question after the recent attack against Indian Soldiers at the border. This issue raised patriotism in Indians, and the anti-China movement was also on a high. As it is well-known that VIVO has its roots in China, many have thought that BCCI would cut off VIVO as IPL’s Title Sponsors, but against the expectations, BCCI has announced earlier that VIVO was retained as Title Sponsors for IPL 2020.

IPL Governing Council(IPL GC) has met on Sunday, i.e., August 2nd, to discuss the dates, venue, sponsors, etc. for the upcoming 2020 season, and it was learned that BCCI had retained all its sponsors for the 2020 season. And this means that VIVO would officially continue as the Title Sponsors for this season. “All I can say is that all our sponsors are with us. Hopefully, you can read between the lines,” an IPL Governing Council member had mentioned, reported by NDTV Sports.

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BCCI, in a press release, clearly stated that they are planning to host this season in UAE and are waiting for the official confirmation from the central government

Although this decision strengthened the bond between IPL GC and the corresponding companies, it didn’t go well with the netizens as they started trolling the decision through various memes, satires, comments, etc. Some have gone to the extent terming IPL as the ‘Chinese Premier League.’ Hashtag ‘Chinese Premier League’ topped the twitter trend for a period of time after the announcement was made. But to the surprise for everyone, stating the national issues as a reason, VIVO voluntarily stepped out of being the title sponsor for the Indian Premier League.

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For those who don’t have a clear picture of the issue, here is the news. Twenty of the Indian soldiers were killed in an attack by Chinese soldiers at the border a few weeks ago. This raised a movement among Indians to ban and not to use Chinese products as a mark of protest. And eventually, 59 of the Chinese originated apps, including TikTok, were banned by the central government.

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Social media saw the 2020 IPL schedule with dates of matches posted soon after the IPL GC meeting got to an end. As of now, there is no official statement from either BCCI or IPL GC about the 2020 schedule, and we urge our readers not to believe in sources other than the official ones for the confirmation of the schedule. We will keep you posted about the IPL schedule and updates regularly.

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