Kila Raipur Games countdown begins

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Kila Raipur, Ludhiana, Jan 26 (UNI) The Grewal Sports Association has once again pooled all their resources at their disposal to conduct the 73rd Kila Raipur Sports Games from February 7 to 10 at the Grewal Sports Stadium here. .

Popularly known all over the world as ''Rural Olympics'' it includes the prestigious Bhagwant Memorial Gold Cup Hockey Tournament for seniors, juniors (men and women).

Kila Raipur and its neighboring villages are already humming with activities as the games are fast approaching.

Besides hosting of a number of Olympic sports disciplines, the traditional rural unique feats by 'super human beings' namely pulling of tractors with the teeth, balancing a plough with funnel between his jaws and scores of other astonishing spell-bound display and stuns.

The bullock cart races, considered to be the 'King of the Show' will attract farmers the most. The farmers of Punjab nurse and nourish their bullocks round-the-year for the bullock cart race in the world famous Kila Raipur Games.

Dancing horse display, tent pegging and horse show, para gliding, dog races, loading and unloading tractor trolley, track and field events, cycle races, hockey, tug-of-war, crowd-pulling game kabaddi and tug-of-war are some of the events which will enthrall the spectators who throng the Grewal Stadium in thousands of thousands.

The organisers have offered cash prizes to the athletes who obtain first three positions.

The winner will get Rs 5,000, runner-up Rs 3,000 and third position holder Rs 2,000.

The spectators use all modes of transportation from cycles, tractor trolleys, trucks, bullock carts and even costly cars.

The crowded day's programme will culminate into cultural programmes by the noted artistes on each day. Folk dances -- gidha bhangra, Rajasthani and Haryanvi dances --- dhadi jatha and bhand marrasi and programme by top folk singers of Punjab will make the evenings more thrilling and entertaining.

Like every year, the Grewal Sports Association will recognise the valuable services rendered by the prominent personalities of Punjab.

Among those to be honored this year are Hockey Olympians Balbir Singh (Railways) and Chand Singh (hockey), Teja Singh (camel jockey), Bahadur Singh Shot Putter National coach and Mohinder Singh Dhillon National coach (athletics), Gurdev Singh Shahpuria (kabaddi), Jhanda Singh (Bullock Cart), Kuldeep Manak (Folk Singer), S. Jagdev Singh Jassowal.


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