PWL auctions: Bajrang goes to Delhi for Rs 38 lakh

Rio Olympic gold medallist Vladimer Khinchegashvili of Georgia emerged as the costliest buy of PWL-2 Auctions after being snapped up by Punjab for Rs. 48 lakh.

Bajrang Punia

Bajrang Punia (in blue) will play for Delhi in the second edition of Pro Wrestling League.   -  Sushil Kumar Verma

Young Indian grappler Bajrang Punia was today signed for Rs 38 lakh by Delhi, while Rio Olympic gold medallist Vladimer Khinchegashvili of Georgia emerged as the costliest buy of Pro Wrestling League-2 auctions after being snapped up by Punjab for Rs. 48 lakh.

London Olympic gold medallist Togrul Asgarov of Azerbaijan was bought for Rs. 35 lakh by Punjab.

Over 200 wrestlers were put up for bidding among six franchises in the second season of Pro Wrestling League Player Auction held in the city today.

Renowned auctioneer Bob Hayton began the proceedings as he briefed about the bidding rules to all the franchise owners. What followed next was a test of business skills and an intense session among the franchises to pick the players of their choice.

Former and current World Champions and Olympians created a lot of buzz in the auction with franchises not holding back to spend that extra buck.

Six teams from Mumbai, Punjab, UP, Delhi, Haryana and Jaipur bid to ensure they had competitive squads going into the 2016-17 tournament.

All teams were given a purse of Rs 2 crore to form a nine-member squad that includes five men and four women, five Indian and four international wrestlers.

Among the players available in the closed bid were Rio Games bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik and Marwa Amri, Rio Olympics gold winners Erica Wiebe and Vladimer khinchegashvili, who also clinched a silver at the London Games in 2012.