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Srinivasa Gowda

Srinivasa Gowda

 

FASTER

 

  • A construction worker in south India is being compared to the Olympic gold medallist sprinter Usain Bolt after a record-breaking win in a buffalo race.
  • Srinivas Gowda, 28, was competing in Kambala, a sport construction worker in south India is being compared to the Olympic gold medallist sprinter Usain Bolt after a record-breaking win in a buffalo race.
  • Gowda, 28, was competing in Kambala, a sport from the southern state of Karnataka where people sprint 142m through paddy fields with buffalo.
 FASTER

 

  • Mr Gowda is said to have finished in 13.42 seconds. Bolt holds the world 100m record of 9.58 seconds.
  • “We would not like to indulge in any comparison with others,” Prof K Gunapala Kadamba, president of the Kambala Academy, told BBC Hindi. “They [Olympic event monitors] have more scientific methods and better electronic equipment to measure speed.”
  • Prof Kadamba’s response came after several local newspapers and journalists made the comparison between Mr Gowda’s performance and the Jamaican sprinter’s world record time.
KAMBALA

 

  • Mr Gowda, from Moodabidri in Karnataka’s coastal district of Dakshina Kannada, was excited about his record-breaking win and praised his teammates – the two buffalo he ran alongside – for doing so well.
  • Kambala, which roughly translates to “paddygrowing mud field” in the local language Tulu, is a traditional sport originating from part of Karnataka’s coast.
  • Participants sprint through a field, which is normally either 132m or 142m, with two buffalo that are tethered together.It is controversial, and in the past the sport has attracted strong criticism from international animal rights groups.
KAMBALA

 

  • In 2014, India’s Supreme Court issued a ban on races with bulls, prompted primarily by campaigns against the practice of Jallikattu, a form of bull-fighting from the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu.
  • In 2018, the state started allowing Kambala races to take part again, but issued several conditions – including a ban on the use of whips.
  • But the practice is still under threat. International animal rights group Peta has a petition pending in the Supreme Court, arguing that Karnataka’s reinstatement of Kambala was illegal.
REACTIONS

 

  • “People are comparing me to Usain Bolt. He is a world champion, I am only running in a slushy paddy field,” said Gowda while talking to ANI.
  • “I’ll call Karnataka’s Srinivasa Gowda for trials by top SAI Coaches. There’s lack of knowledge in masses about the standards of Olympics especially in athletics where ultimate human strength & endurance are surpassed. I’ll ensure that no talents in India are left out untested,” tweeted Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday.
REACTIONS

 

  • Shashi Tharoor, Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, had earlier tweeted: “Faster Than Usain Bolt? Karnataka Man Running With Buffaloes Covers 100 Metres in Just 9.55 Seconds. I urge the Athletics Association of India to take this man under their wing & make an Olympic champion of him. Wonder how many hidden talents we have!“
  • Sports Authority of India took to Twitter to reveal train tickets for Srinivas Gowda have been booked and he will be assessed by SAI coaches in Bengaluru on Monday.