Asia’s biggest arm-wrestling promotion, Pro Panja League, has announced the dates for its debut season. Scheduled for July 28 to August 13, 2023, the 17-day sporting event will feature 180 arm wrestlers divided into six teams. All action will be broadcast live on Sony Sports Ten 1 and Sony Sports Ten 1 HD.
Pro Panja League is the brainchild of Bollywood actors and producers Parvin Dabas and Preeti Jhangiani and will feature categories for men, women and specially-abled arm-wrestlers, who have been selected after qualifying at a ranking tournament that was held in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, in July last year.
Originally launched in 2020 with a mega event at Thyagaraj Stadium in New Delhi, Pro Panja League has become a massive craze among the fans on social media, with two editions of Ranking Tournaments, multiple mega matches between arm-wrestling champions, and several promotional events across the country. With events having taken place across Gwalior Fort, Gateway of India, Mumbai and Majestic Pride Casino Boat in Goa, Pro Panja League is also opening a doorway for Sports Tourism.
Parvin Dabas, Co-owner, Pro Panja League, said:
“The feedback to our partnership with Sony Sports Network has been stupendous. Arm Wrestling and Combat Sports fans are going to be treated to some prime-time arm-wrestling action for the first time on Sony Sports Network in July and August which have traditionally been very strong months for the Pro Panja League. We cannot wait to serve up some strong summer fare for the sports fans.“
Rajesh Kaul, Chief Revenue Officer, Distribution & International Business and Head – Sports Business, Sony Pictures Networks, added:
“We are glad to have the Pro Panja League onboard with us for its inaugural season. These are exciting times for fans of arm-wrestling across the country who will get to witness athletes putting on an exhibition of their physical strengths. Arm wrestling in India in a professional capacity has great potential and we aim to make it a household name in the world of sports.“