7/31/2015 3:03:37 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
Following the footsteps of cricket, football and kabaddi, Olympic style wrestling is all set to become a commercially viable spectator-friendly sport. Recently formed Indian company Pro-Sportify has announced launch of Pro Wrestling League (PWL) to be staged in six countries across India this November.
PWL is a brainchild of Ashish Chahdha and Kartikeya Sharma who have joined hands to float a new company, Pro-Sportify to organise the US$ 5 million mega event. Sharma is managing director of iTV Network while Ashish Chadha is CEO of sports rights management company Sporty Solutionz. The launch was a glittering affair.
To be held November 8 to 29, this promises to a serious affair and the competition would be conducted strictly on Olympic norms. The competition is restricted to freestyle category and will be held under the aegis of Wrestling Federation of India. The base price for each team is set at Rs 3 crore and the six franchises would be finalised by September 7, while the host broadcaster would be decided by August 30.
Double Olympic medallist in wrestling Sushil Kumar, sole Indian woman Olympic wrestler Geeta Phogat, Geetika Jhakar and several other top Indian wrestlers were present at the launch striking a serious not to the first-ever wrestling league in the world.
“Around 20 top international wrestlers including Olympic medallists and world champions have already signed up for the league,’’ said Chadha at the launch. “A better picture would emerge after September 1 deadline to take on board all wrestlers before the auction take place on September 15,” he added.
Kartikeya Sharma said ``Pro-Sportify was an earnest effort to bridge the gap in Indian sport and catalyse talent to sporting history.’’