While world best athletes are prepping to show their best performance in the London Olympics 2012, another kind of games, not less challenging took place in another part of the world, Rural India. And I doubt that any of the London Olympics could beat these guys. Honestly.
For over seventy years, Kila Raipur has celebrated those colours in its own inimitable style. Gravity-defying, death-defying acts by the Sikh military order of Nihangs, gatka, acrobatics and bullock racing… it’s a carnival of all things bucolic and all things Punjab. Attracting more than 4,000 sportsmen and women, both of recognized and traditional sports. The three-day festival is witnessed by more than a million people. Besides, several million others watch it on television, read about it in newspapers and magazines. Reserve your tickets early on for the 2013 rural olympics.
Villagers display their strength by allowing a tractor carrying three adults pass over them during a rural sports festival
An Indian villager pulls a car with his teeth during the ‘Rural Olympics
A villager balances a plough in his mouth during a rural sports festival
A bull jumps over a cot during the “Indian Rural Olympics”
A roadside vendor sells peanuts as villagers, sitting on a wall in the background, watch performances
A Sikh warrior, riding on two horses, performs during the “Indian Rural Olympics”
Elderly Sikh men participate in a race during the “Indian Rural Olympics”
Bullock cart racing was arguably the most popular event at the Rural Olympics, until it was banned
There is no age limit for those entering the Rural Olympics; some competitors are over 70
It wouldn’t be the Rural Olympics without a tractor race
These elephants display the creative body art with which they are adorned
One of the more conventional-seeming sporting events
Conventional sportswear is not compulsory
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