However, it was a repeat of the same old story where the federation office-bearers unapologetically sat on the dais without masks and wrestlers casually mingled with their coaches, support staff and supporters without following any social distancing and the spectators kept thronging the two corners of the playing arena in groups while bouts were in progress.
WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, not wearing the mask himself, did try to control the over-enthusiastic crowd but his warnings from the stage fell into deaf ears.
SAI has sought a detailed report from the WFI on violations of the Covid safety rules during the event by Monday. But, going by the WFI’s carefree attitude, a report from them would be a mere formality and any strict action from the SAI would be much welcomed.
On the competition front, Railways Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) lifted the overall championship trophy with 192 points, followed by Services Sports Control Board (162 points) and Haryana (138 points).