India's Rural Olympics

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The International Olympics take place once every four years. However, in Kila Raipur, a small village in Punjab, India the Olympics are held every year. While the villagers don't spend millions of dollars on special venues, the athletes take their sport as seriously, and the whole event seems to be more fun than real deal!

Now in its 74th year, the three-day event, held in mid-February each year, started as a venue for farmers to meet, show off their skills and generally have a good time.

Over the years, it has become extremely popular and now includes not only the farmers, but also some of India's finest athletes, ranging from 7-70 years of age.

The Olympics feature over 50 events, that include modern sports like hockey and track, as well as, traditional rural sports like tug-of-war and Kabaddi, a team sport that has some characteristics of wrestling and rugby.

However, the ones that attract the biggest crowds are the real unusual competitions like the four-lane bullock race, where bulls compete against each other, galloping at high speeds, with their jockeys balanced rather precariously on small carts. Another unusual but equally fun sport, is tent pegging, where competitors pierce planted pegs, whilst riding on horses at high speeds. Then there is the event that challenges competitors to lift bicycles with their teeth or to pull a car in a similar fashion. For those looking for something more extreme, there is the challenge of allowing a tractor to roll over their lower body.

All in all the three-day event not only tests the strength and endurance of its athletes, but also incorporates a lot of light-hearted fun. Unlike other sporting events, there is no age barrier to entering any sport. It's therefore no wonder that it attracts both competitors and spectators from not only India but also other parts of the world.

Sources: Indian Express.com, ExpressIndia.com

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    • ChrisThursday, April 9, 2009 at 4:01 am
      Thats funny but I wouldnt put a car on me
      • EllieWednesday, February 25, 2009 at 12:59 am
        Those look like fun and dangerous olympics!!!!!!
        • Alana Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 12:41 am
          Wow! There olympics are a lot different then are olympics.