Bajrang Punia, Commonwealth and Asian Games gold medallist, has stated that the upcoming Pro Wrestling league (PWL) will provide the young and aspiring Indian wrestlers a great platform to learn and hone their craft from the international wrestlers.
The forthcoming fourth edition of PWL is scheduled to kick start from January 14-31. The event offers a purse of INR 1.9 crores for the winning team and INR 1.1 crore for the runners-up team.
Bajrang stated in a PWL release, “It’s indeed helpful to see and learn from their (international wrestlers) style of training and preparing before a game. Apart from the high competitive level among wrestlers young wrestlers are also exposed to high level of training and competition."
Bajrang, who competes in the 65kg category, credited the league which has helped him understand himself and his game a lot better. “For me, personally, PWL has been an amazing platform to train with some of the best wrestlers in the world. It really helps to get a better understanding of the game while competing and practising with some of the top players from the world,” Bajrang said.
On being asked about the World Championship in Astana -- the first qualifying event for 2020 Olympics -- Bajrang opined the league will help to assess himself ahead of major events. “The World Championships are very important for any wrestler PWL will definitely act as a reality check for me. It will give me an opportunity to have a good look at myself and see where I stand ahead of important events like the World Championships and the Olympics," the 24-year-old signed off.
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