It’s said about the Indian monsoon: When it rains, it pours.
Indian sport has been enjoying a monsoon of sorts over the past few years.
It’s been showering leagues.
The mushrooming of leagues in various sports and their live telecast whereby converts to games other than cricket are drawn in can only be good news for Indian sport persons.
The latest entrants into the fray are the Pro Wrestling League and the Indian Boxing Council.
While the Pro Wrestling League is launched under the aegis of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) by Pro Sportify and consists of six city-based franchises each featuring 11 freestyle grapplers, six male and five female, the Indian Boxing Council acts as a licensee for promoters wishing to launch boxing leagues of their own across the country.
The council is, however, not affiliated to the Indian Boxing Federation which means that pugilists wishing to represent the country will stay out until the murkiness around the venture is cleared.
Boxers, who are past their prime, but still fighting fit are enthusiastic about the possibilities. It will add to their meager earnings from the sport.
Boxing and wrestling are sports that attract participants from lower-middle class families. This may just be their ticket out.
These sports are also the country’s best avenues for medals at the Olympic and Asian games.
The better the prospects for aspiring contenders, the better the training facilities offered and the more attractive a career it is.
The world can be their oyster. Can Indian pearls seize their chances?