Not quite Khelo India: Only three wrestlers in one event, all win

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Written by Vinay Siwach
| New Delhi |
Published: February 7, 2018 4:12 am


All categories in wrestling saw few participants.

“MASS PARTICIPATION” and “promotion of excellence in sports” — these are the twin objectives of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports behind the first Khelo India School Games (KISG), which began here on January 31. But last week, the 42-kg freestyle wrestling event for boys saw just three entries, ensuring a podium finish for all of them.

In most other weight categories too — both boys’ and girls’ wrestling — there were only about 8-12 participants. The boys’ 46-kg freestyle wrestling fared the best, with 16 participants.

While KISG and the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) blamed each other for the low turnout, former School Games Federation of India (SGFI) president Satpal Singh said,…

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