Mumbai: The first big paintball tournament in the world will start next month in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad and it’s expected to draw more than a million players.
The tournament, dubbed ‘Hollywood Paintball’ and launched by the Hyderabad-based Paintball International (PI), is expected to attract thousands of fans, who will compete in various sports, including paintball, football, volleyball, softball, hockey and basketball.
The event is set to attract over 300,000 participants, which will also attract spectators from across the country, said CEO of the Hyderabadi Paintball Association, Sunil Rajagopal.
The event, which is expected be a major hit, is being organised by the Paintball India, a non-profit organisation run by Rajagpal.
PI plans to run three-day tournaments, including a one-day, two-day and three-week tournament for youth and adults.
It also plans to hold a multi-city paintball festival that will attract fans from all over the country.
The festival, however, is yet to be decided.
A major theme of the festival is the globalisation of paintball and Rajagpur is hoping that the international audience will also be attracted.
“The festival will be a global event and it will attract a lot of international paintball players, including those from India,” Rajagapal said.
The festival, which has a registration fee of Rs 4,000, is scheduled to be held from January 19 to January 23, with the cost of admission ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 15,000.
The event will be held at the Indian National Paintball Centre, Hyderabad, the home of the Indian Paintball Federation (IPF).
The venue is expected, at the moment, to attract around 10,000 people.
“The IPF has a great reputation for being the largest and most prestigious Paintball venue in the country,” said IPF chairman Ashish Kumar.
“The event can be an incredible success and we look forward to hosting it,” he added.