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Hockey fan Taapsee Pannu buys Pune franchise of Badminton Premier League

The actress has bought the franchise, likely to be called Pune Seven Aces. 

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Actress Taapsee Pannu might have earned plaudits for her performance as a hockey player in Soorma (2018), but the actress seems to be shifting her interest in sport. Pannu has now bought the Pune franchise of the new Badminton Premier League in India. The team will be owned by Pannu and her management company, KRI. 

Speaking about her interest in the sport, Pannu said, "I always wanted to get into sport and since, obviously, I couldn’t be a player, I wanted to be associated with something that I’ve played or known well. Badminton has been a special sport for all of us, because everyone has played this sport at least once in their life." 

The actress will be part of the auction of players on 8 October, and will buy for her team. ""I’m entering the league with the Pune team. It will be called Pune Seven Aces. Since the auction is on October 8, in Delhi, my effort will be to have a good mix of ethnicity, so we can have a strong team from all over. The mantra will be, ‘make sure they serve the entertainment attached to badminton’. We want to make sure you enjoy the match. So, expect a lot of entertainment in terms of players being ready to show their fun side along with the expertise they have in the sport." 

Pannu is the latest member of the film industry to take an interest in a sporting franchise, after Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta bought the Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab, respectively. Abhishek Bachchan has also bought the Chennaiyin FC football team, with Ranbir Kapoor owning the Mumbai franchise, Mumbai City FC.