An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Rural Olympics: Animals and Men challenge each other

Indian villagers compete in a bullock cart race during the Kila Raipur sports festival on the outskirts of Ludhiana in the northern Indian state of Punjab, February 13, 2009

In 1933. Philanthropist Inder Singh Grewal started an annual recreational meet, where farmers from areas surrounding Kila Raipur could get together and test their corporal endurance. The idea gave birth to Kila Raipur Sports, the undisputed “Rural Olympics”.

Kila Raipur Sports Festival held in February every year in Ludhiana, Punjab is also known also as Rural Olympics. Rural Sports Enthusiasts come to see rural sportsmen and animals (special breed of bullocks, camels, dogs, mules and other animals).

In 1946, Mr. Bakshish Singh introduced the most popular event – the Bullock Cart Race.

Last year, in 2008, Hakam and Naib Singh Dhaliwal from village Kalsian, Punjab took the 1st place prize.

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