Mumbai Maharathi denies withdrawal from wrestling league

ANI | Updated: Jan 18, 2018 22:17 IST

New Delhi [India], Jan 18 (ANI): Pro Wrestling League (PWL) franchise Mumbai Maharathi has discarded the media reports about the team's withdrawal from the tournament, and has called the news "blatantly false".

Yesterday, news surfaced that the team has pulled out of the third edition of the league due several instances of mismanagement and operational glitches by the tournament organisers.

Mumbai Maharathi owners on Thursday issued an official statement to deny the news.

"We would like to first categorically and unequivocally state that the story is blatantly false and has been spread by malicious intent and none of the owners have anything to do with it," the statement read.

It further read, "We would like to reiterate that we have complete faith in the organisers of the PWL and that they have been conducting this world-class league in a fair and equitable manner. We have been with them right from Day One and would continue to do so."

Earlier, Maharathi team alleged that After Sakshi Malik won the toss, she opted to block the wrestler in the 74 kg category but was prevented to do so by the organisers in a clear violation of the rules.

Sakshi then had no option but to block a wrestler in another weight category, which subsequently proved vital in the final outcome of the match, as Mumbai Maharathi lost the tie 3-4 to Veer Maratha.

However, in a dramatic turnaround, the Maharathi owners said that Birbal Sports and Entertainment, which handles the team's operations for the league, was behind the false story.

"Any information circulated by them on our behalf henceforth will have no legal sanction and can be actionable in the Indian courts. Any media house or channel carrying stories spread by Birbal Sports and Entertainment or any of his representatives will do so at their own risk," Maharathi owners said.