Delhi is all set for the Pro Wrestling League in November. Auction for the world’s richest Olympic style wrestling league will be held in New Delhi on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. President of the Wrestling Federation of India Mr. Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh announced the auction date here today.
“The PWL Players’ Auction will be a big landmark in the history of sport. It will give the six franchises the opportunity to bid for the best players and complete their squads,” said Mr. Singh. “The player pool is so rich in talent that after the auction we will have six squads to offer highly competitive action for wrestling lovers.”
About 100 top international wrestlers from 25 countries, including Olympic and World Championship stars, and over a 100 Indian wrestlers will be participating in this League.
The Deol family of the Indian film industry and the GMR Group (who also own the Delhi Daredevils IPL team) are among the six PWL Franchisees.
An elated Dharmendra said: “I’m extremely happy that wrestling is being presented in a world class manner at a global platform, with Pro Wrestling League. I’m sure that Indian wrestling lovers will get abundant opportunities at a grass-root level”.
“I’m personally very fond of wrestling as a sport as I played it in my youth and now I embark on a new journey through Pro Wrestling League”, added Dharmendra, Owner of the CDR Punjab team.
Adeline Gray, three-time women’s world champion from the US called the League a “historic move in International wrestling”.
The mood is upbeat in India too. Double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar is confident that the League would be a big boost to Indian wrestling.
The bid for the Olympic and World Championship winners will start at the base price of US$50,000. “Each team has a player auction purse of Rs 2 crore. We are sure that all players picked will be delighted with the financial reward to play in the league,” Mr. Brij Bhushan Singh said.
Each team will have a marquee player. The bid for the marquee player too will start at the base price of US$ 50,000. As each of the six teams will have 10 players, including 4 women, as many as 60 players will find buyers.
The PWL is a joint venture of Wrestling Federation of India and their commercial partners — Pro Sportify Pvt. Limited who are the promoters and organisers of the league.