New Delhi: India's Olympic medal-winning wrestlers - Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt - attracted highest bids among the "icon" wrestlers, during the Pro Wrestling league (PWL) auction, in the capital, on Tuesday.
In fact, Yogeshwar, a bronze medallist in the 2012 London Olympics, did better than Sushil as the Haryana franchise bought him for Rs 39.70 lakh in the 65kg category, after some fierce bidding with their Mumbai, Punjab and Delhi counterparts.
However, Oksana Herhel, a woman grappler from the Ukraine, was sold for Rs 41.30 lakh to Haryana. A gold medallist in the world championships, she emerged the overall top priced wrestler in the league. Her base price was Rs 33 lakh
A total of six "icon" wrestlers, four of them Indians, went under the hammer first, in a five-star facility here. Six franchises - Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Punjab, Haryana and UP - went for the bidding. All "icon" players had a base price of Rs 33 lakh.
When Sushil's name was announced first, Delhi were the first to start the bidding, but Mumbai, UP and Punjab joined in soon in an effort to grab the services of the double Olympic medallist. Finally, UP bought the 74 kg star for Rs 38.20 lakh. The other wrestlers clubbed in the "icon" category were Narsingh Yadav in the 74 kg, female wrestler Geeta Phogat in the 58 kg, star female foreigners American Adeline Gray and Sweden's Sofia Mattsson.