The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), in collaboration with ProSportify, on Monday launched the historic Pro-Wrestling League, the world’s richest prize money wrestling competition, in Delhi in a star-studded event.
The event was attended by top wrestlers, including Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar and Commonwealth Games (CWG) gold medalist Geeta Phogat.
The Pro Wrestling League slated between November 8 and 29 will witness a congregation of over 20 Olympic medalists across the globe, one of the very first in the Indian sporting canvas. It has the richest prize and auction purse that aggregates to $3 million.
World&’s top 66 wrestlers, six city-based franchisees covering north-to-south and east-to-west of India will vie for the top honour with the prize purse of Rs.3 crore. A purse of Rs.2 crore individual prize money is the added attraction for each participant.
Speaking at the event, WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said, “Pro Wrestling League is a step in right direction. Of late, Indian Wrestlers have been doing extremely well. And with financial boost from the League, I am sure our wrestlers will reach greater heights.”
Mood among the players is also upbeat with the launch of the League. Double Olympic medalist Sushil is confident that the league would bolster Indian wrestling.
“It will be a great boost when the cream of world wrestling comes to India. This will be a great opportunity for our players to travel with them and learn a lot. Besides all this, the league will focus on the sport and motivate upcoming wrestlers,” the legend said.
ProSportify, a company launched by Kartikey Sharma, will invest in the league. With the WFI’s wholehearted support, under the guidance of its Singh, the league will set a benchmark in global viewership for its conduct and magnitude.
Six city-based teams battle it out against each other during the league phase. Each team will consist of 11 players: Six male and five female; six Indians and five foreign internationals.
The PWL will be played on the best of nine formats, but all the nine bouts will be contested during the league phase. Each bout will have three rounds of three minutes each, separated by a one-minute break.