New Delhi: Days after he was given an additional hike of Rs 11 lakh by Uttar Pradesh franchise of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL), ace Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar said that he never played for money and will donate the amount to charity.
According to a report in Hindustan Times, after the auctions, there were reports of Sushil being unhappy with the way Ukrainian woman wrestler Oksana Herhel (41.3 lakh) and Yogeshwar Dutt (39.70 lakh) were bought for money compared to Sushil, who was bought for Rs 38.20 lakh by Lotus Greens, the owners of the franchise.
However, the two-time Olympic medallist said he never played for money.
"I have never played for money so I don't know why someone has this view," Sushil told HT.
"I will donate the money I will get from the league to charity. By the grace of God I have everything, I don't need money," he added.
The inaugural edition of the Pro Wrestling League, to be held from December 10-27, will feature six teams. Apart from Uttar Pradesh, the other teams will be from Punjab, Bengaluru, Delhi, Haryana and Mumbai.
The teams spent a total of Rs. 10.80 crore at the auction. Each team has four categories of players -- international men (two players per team), international women (two players per team), Indian men (three players per team), and Indian women (two players per team).
The PWL will see a total of 18 matches including 15 in the league phase, apart from the semi-finals and final.