(New Delhi, December 22) Abdusalam Gadisov and Magomed Kurbanaliev will be a part of the second edition of India Pro Wrestling League organized by Pro Sportify in association with Wrestling Federation of India.
PWL2 will feature the largest pool of Olympians and World Champions where 18 top wrestlers along with two Olympics champions and two world champions will battle it out on the mat at Indira Gandhi Stadium, New Delhi from January 2.
“The second season will be more attractive and Indian wrestlers will face fierce competition compared to last edition. The experience of wrestling against top wrestlers will help them in the long run,” said WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.
He also mentioned that this year Rio Olympics gold medalist and World Champion Vladimer Khinchegashvili of Georgia (57kg) and Rio 2016 Olympics women’s champ Erica Wiebe of Canada (75kg) will be the top stars at the competition. “Teams who have to grapple against these two should start working on their strategy already,” Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh added.
Other major competitors will Rio Olympic silver medalists Togrul Asgarov of Azerbaijan (65kg), Mariya Stadnik (women’s 48kg), Maria Mamashuk (women’s 75kg). Asgarov was also a gold medal winner at the 2012 Olympics.
Amongst Rio bronze medallists are Sofia Mattsson (women’s 53kg) and Jenny Fransson of Sweden (women’s 75kg), Elitsa Yankova of Bulgaria (women’s 48kg), Jabrayil Hasanov of Azerbaijan (74kg), Marwa Amri of Tunisia (women’s 58kg) and India’s Sakshi Malik (women’s 58kg).
In all 11 Rio Olympics medal winners will be seen in action in the second season of the league. Along with this London Olympics bronze medallist Liván López will also be a star attraction.
Singh informed that along with Vladimer, Russian Magomed Kurbanaliev (70kg) will be another World Champion in the fray.
Also, Abdusalam Gadisov (97kg), Odunayo Adekuroye (53kg), Vasilisa Marzaliu (75kg) and Erdenebat Bekhbayar (57kg) are additional Olympics bronze medallists participating along with Commonwealth champions like Bekzod Abdurakhmonov (70kg), Gabriel Hasanov (74kg), Reineris Salas Perez of Cuba (97kg) and Carolina Castillo Hidalgo of Colombia (48kg) who will give their best shot.
The salaries for the international wrestlers was distributed in the following proportions:
Vladimer Khinchegashvili (57 kg, Georgia) – $ 70.580
Erdenebat Behbayar (57 kg, Mongolia) – $ 23,530
Togrul Asgarov (65 kg, Azerbaijan) – $ 51, 470
Andrew Kwiatkowski (65 kg, Ukraine) – $ 22, 058
Magomed Kurbanaliev (70 kg, Russia) – $ 69.117
Bekzod Abdurahmonov (70 kg, Uzbekistan) – $ 29.411
Jabrail Hasanov (74 kg, Azerbaijan) – $ 63.235
Jacob Makarashvili (74 kg, Georgia) – $ 14,705
Levan Azkuy Lopez (74 kg, Cuba) – $ 26.470
Elizbar Odikadze (97 kg, Georgia) – $ 37,500
Abdusalam Gadisov (97 kg, Russia) – $ 29.411
Reineris Salas Perez (97 kg, Cuba) – $ 22.058
Maria Stadnik (48 kg, Azerbaijan) – $ 69.117
Elitsa Yankov (48 kg, Bulgaria) – $ 46.323
Carolina Castillo (48 kg, Colombia) – $ 22.058
Sofia Mattsson (53 kg, Sweden) – $ 61.029
Odunayo Adekoroye (53 kg, Nigeria) – $ 47.058
Betzabet Arguello (53 kg, Venezuela) – $ 22.058
Marwa Amri (58 kg, Tunisia) – $ 36.764
Erica Wiebe (75 kg, Canada) – $ 63.235
Maria Mamaschuk (75 kg, Belarus) – $ 42.647
Jenny Franson (75 kg, Sweden) – $ 36.764
Vasilisa Marzalyuk (75 kg, Belarus) – $ 29, 411
Alina Makhinya (75 kg, Ukraine) – $ 8,823
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