Georgia’s Khinchegashvili costliest at wrestling league auction

New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Georgia’s Rio Olympic gold medallist Vladimer Khinchegashvili emerged as the costliest buy till the halfway mark of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) auction, joining team Punjab for a whopping Rs. 48 lakh (approximately $70791.31).

Apart from 57kg exponent Khinchegashvili, Punjab bagged another experienced campaigner in 2012 Olympic gold medallist Togrul Asgarov from Azerbaijan for Rs. 35 lakh (approximately $51,618.67)

Meanwhile, young Indian Bajrang Punia was signed by Delhi for Rs. 38 lakh (approximately $56,043.12).

Indian Rahul Aware went to team Mumbai for 31 lakh (approximately $45,715.67).

All teams have been given a purse of Rs. 2 crores (approximately $2,94,963.80) to assemble a nine-member squad that includes five men and four women, five Indians and four foreigners.