New Delhi: Franchisees in the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) today brought the hammer down on National and International wrestlers at the auction held in Delhi’s Hyatt Regency.
The ‘Icon’ category had six players vying for the highest amount in the PWL auction. The ‘Icon’ category had a base price of Rs. 33,00,000.
Double Olympic medalist and Indian icon player Sushil Kumar sold for Rs. 38,20,000 and was snapped up by team Uttar Pradesh.
The 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist Yogeshwar, attracted bidders and was bought for Rs.39,70,000 by team Haryana.
But to everyone’s surprise, female wrestlers Ukranian Oksana Herhel and Belarusian Vasilisa Marzaliuk outbid both our leading Indian wrestlers at 41,30,000 and 40,20,000, respectively.
The other wrestlers clubbed in the ‘Icon’ category were the home grown Narsingh Yadav, female wrestler Geeta Phogat, star female wrestlers American Adeline Gray and Sweden’s Sofia Mattsson.
Narsingh Yadav tagged a big price and was bought by team Bengaluru for Rs.34,50,000, Geeta Phogat was snapped up by team Punjab at her base price of 33,00,000 for the ‘Icon’ category. Adeline Gray was bought by team Mumbai for Rs.37,00,000, while team Delhi acquired Sofia Mattsson at her base price of Rs.33,00,000.
The tournament has a total prize money of Rs.3 crore. It will be held from December 10-27 across North, South, East and West zones.
A total of 18 ties will be held during the tournament, 15 among them being league ties, followed by two semi-finals and a final. Each tie comprises of nine bouts and will be played in accordance with the Olympics wrestling rules.
Each of the six teams will have nine players (five men and four women) and each team can have a maximum of five Indians and four foreigners.
The New Delhi franchise is owned by business group GMR, while the Bengaluru team belongs to the JSW group of companies.
The Punjab franchise is co-owned by veteran Bollywood actor Dharmendra and CDR group while the Uttar Pradesh team was snapped up by real estate company LotusGreens.
The Haryana team has been bought by technology company Olive Global, while Maverick Industries and Mafatlal Industries own the Mumbai team.
The tournament will be conducted by ProSportify in association with the Wrestling Federation of India.
(With inputs from IANS)