Rio 2016 gold-medallist Erica Wiebe to participate in Pro Wrestling League
Olympic gold-medallist Erica Wiebe (75kg) has confirmed participation in the Pro Wrestling League's second season.
New Delhi: Olympic gold-medallist Erica Wiebe (75kg) has confirmed participation in the Pro Wrestling League's second season which starts 15 December .
The Canadian will be joined by 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 75kg freestyle event of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
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 doesn't exist anywhere else in the world," said the 27-year old.
Wiebe's inclusion gives a much needed boost to the Pro Wrestling League, especially after it was dealt a blow upon learning that Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt's chances of participating were severely lessened.
Players employed with Indian Railways, including Vandana Katariya and former captain Sushila Chanu, were felicitated at an event organised by former player Happy Mann and others.
Amit Panghal (52kg), Manish Kaushik (63kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg), Ashish Chaudhary (75kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg) had competed at the Tokyo Games.
The Hisar-born player is currently part of the 25-member senior women's core probable group for the national camp in SAI, Bengaluru.