Star Sports and Hockey India (HI) had agreed to join hands to promote the sport in 2012 for an initial period of three years.

The agreement comes on the heels of Star Sports being appointed as the global broadcast partner for the International Hockey Federation (FIH) for the next eight years, starting from January 2015.

With the extension to the agreement, Star Sports will also be the host broadcaster of Hockey India League (in India and globally) and all the international matches (in India and globally) for the period 2016 to 2018.

Speaking on the announcement HI president Narinder Batra said: "Star Sports is known for its strong content and production quality which helps increase viewers experience. They understand the target audience's pulse and they package the entire show accordingly. They are known for creating a complete experience for each tournament and that's what makes them stand out.

"We have seen this in our association with them since the inception of the Hockey India League as well as the international tournaments that they have hosted in the past. Keeping this in mind they are the ideal choice and we are happy that we have mutually agreed to continue this association for the next three years."

Star India CEO Uday Shankar added: "The decision to continue our association with Hockey India is in line with our commitment towards development of a multi sports culture in India. Over the last year, the national team has performed phenomenally well winning medals and accolades across the world, making the country proud.

"We believe in the potential of hockey as a sport and through our association with Hockey India, we will work towards popularising the sport and bring fans back to hockey."

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