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Epic Channel to launch Umeed India with Virender Sehwag

The new show will show inspiring journeys of 13 sports stars who are aiming for glory at Olympics 2020. With an up close and personal look at their training sessions, diets and exercises, the show brings to light the abundance of talent in India

Virender Sehwag

Epic Channel has announced the launch of Umeed India, one of the most inspiring TV series on Indian television. Premiering on July 20 on Epic, ‘India Ka Apna Infotainment channel’, the show will see one of India’s biggest sports superstar, Virender Sehwag don his first-ever role as a host. The show will be telecast every Thursday at 8pm.

The victory of every sportsman and the accolades that he or she earns for the country is a culmination of unwavering passion, immense hard work and behind-the-scenes struggle, which often remains unsung. With Umeed India, Sehwag travels to the places across India where athletes are priming for gold and glory. Peppering the narrative with his personal journey and anecdotes, he explores the ambitions, aspirations and struggles of the best sportspeople of India.

As the headline suggests ‘13 Khiladi, Sapna Ek’ Umeed India, will reveal inspiring journeys and on-going battles of 13 sports stars, including the Freestyle Wrestler and Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik, Paralympian Swimmer Suyash Yadav, Shot Put player Om Prakash Karhana, Sprinter Dutee Chand, Judoka Avtar Singh, Wrestler Vinesh Phogat, Rower Dattu Bhokanal, among others, who are aiming for glory at Olympics 2020. With an up close and personal look at their training sessions, diets, exercises, overall personal and professional, the show brings to light the abundance of talent in India.

Sehwag revealed the reason behind why he chose to be a host for this show and said, “I am inspired by the life that an athlete lives before becoming a star, the hard work that he puts in to get the medal for the country, the struggle that he has to go through and the hardships that he suffers. This is what keeps me going.”

Aditya Pittie, Director, Epic Channel, said, “Epic channel has consistently provided content that is unique, informative yet entertaining. By elevating our proposition to be an India-centric, Hindi language infotainment channel earlier this year, we promised to bring real stories of real Indians and our series ‘Umeed India’ stands as a fine example. With Umeed India, we are providing a national platform, a national voice to sportspeople of India. With Sehwag on board, I am confident the show will not only serve as a window to the lives of existing champions, but also inspire many budding sportspersons in the country to rise up as future champions.”

Umeed India also highlights the challenges and areas of improvement for the sports scenario in India. In a country with aspirations of global sporting glory, this new show by Epic Channel, is an innovative presentation of unsung sporting heroes of the nation.


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