Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Rio Olympics Gold Medalist Erica Wiebe eyes a spot in Pro Wrestling League Season 2

New Delhi, 8 November, 2016: Ahead of the auctions for the second season of Pro Wrestling League (PWL) organised by ProSportify in association with Wrestling Federation of India, reigning Olympic champion in women's 75 kg freestyle Erica Wiebe of Canada has confirmed participation in the second season of the Pro Wrestling League.

Joining Wiebe from Canada would be her compatriots’ 2014 Commonwealth Games Gold medallist Dorothy Yeats and three-time Olympian Haislan Garcia. Wiebe, an accomplished exponent of the sport had won every individual tournament she entered in 2014, a streak that went on for 36 matches. She also won a gold medal in the 75 kg freestyle at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. 

In 2016, Wiebe represented Canada's 2016 Olympic team. In competition at the Olympics, she won gold, defeating Guzel Manyurova of Kazakhstan in the final event to become only the third Gold medalist for Canada in Wrestling.

Wiebe feels that PWL will be an opportunity for her and other wrestlers to fine tune their skills and improvise as it will have intense level of back-to-back competition among top wrestlers of the world. “I am excited to be a part of the auction for Pro Wrestling League season 2. I have heard so much about India and about the wrestling culture there. No wonder this tournament has become quite an attraction for all Olympic and World Champions around the world to come and participate, something unique that doesnt exist anywhere else in the world,” said the 27-year old.

The Pro Wrestling League (PWL) Khel Fauladi is a big leap in the history of the oldest combat sport. An initiative of ProSportify and the Wrestling Federation of India, PWL is the one of the richest wrestling events. The league in the inaugural year offered a prize purse of INR 15 crore. PWL with 6 city-based franchisee teams was played across North, South & West Zones in India being live telecasted through MSM Network Pvt Ltd across 60 countries. Each team had 9 players – 5 Indians, 4 international including 5 men and 4 women. In the inaugural year, PWL featured a total of 18 ties – 15 in the league phase, 2 semi-finals and the Grand Finale. The League is played under the PWL Rules, based on Olympic rules in conjunction with Wrestling Federation of India rules.
This year the league will be a month long tournament with eight franchisees and increased venues.
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