As of today, Baseline Ventures has already sent out legal notices to 15 brands
PV Sindhuand Baseline Ventures, the agency that handles her, is taking over 20 brands to court for using her name and image on their marketing communications without permission.
- We spoke to Yashwanth Biyyala, Director - Talent and Partnerships, Baseline Ventures who told us how most of these brands have not just flouted rules around the use of an individual's image with her permission, they have also blatantly flouted the Olympics guidelines around advertising.
However, Sindhu and Baseline Ventures, the agency that handles the player, is taking over 20 brands to court, for using her name and image without the proper permissions. Baseline Ventures is seeking damages worth Rs 5 crore from each of the brands that have flouted the norms.
Officially, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has laid down clear rules about how athletes can communicate with brands during and after the games. The Rule 40 framework, according to the official Olympic website is aimed to enable ‘the Olympic Movement to fund all Olympic teams worldwide, Olympic sports and the Olympic Games themselves.’ The rulebook has clear guidelines about how players can engage with their Non-Olympic Partner personal sponsors. There is also a blackout period that the athletes are supposed to sign before the games. Apart from brands that are IOC)and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) partners, no other brands are allowed to push out communications with players.
“Rule 40 clearly mentions that there is a blackout period between July 13 (when the Olympic Village opens) and August 10 (two days after the Closing Ceremony). All athletes have had to give their consent to Rule 40 which clearly states that their brands cannot promote them during this blackout period. In fact, even brands that are paying money to Sindhu are not using her in their marketing during this period. They have not even put out a congratulatory message,” explained Yashwanth Biyyala, Director - Talent and Partnerships, Baseline Ventures.
Officially, only brands that are IOC partners, in this case, Bridgestone and
Having sent legal notices to 15 brands, the agency is in the process of sending notices to 5 more brands. The agency is asking the brands to pay Rs 5 crore and also remove the posts that have flouted the norms from their social media handles. The agency has already sent notices to brands including Happydent (