Srinivas Gowda – a kambala jockey from Karnataka – competing in a kambala event covered 142.5 m in 13.62 seconds at the Aikala-Bava kambala near Moodbidri. Converting this into 100m sprint, sports buffs said the kambala runner had clocked 9.55 seconds, ahead of Jamaican Usain Bolt’s world record of 9.58 seconds.
- It is an annual Buffalo Race held in the Tulu region of Karnataka (districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi).
- The contest generally takes place between two pairs of buffaloes, each pair race in wet rice fields, controlled by a whip-lashing farmer.
- The Kambala season generally starts in November and lasts till March during which races are held under the banner of Kambala Samithi (Kambala Association).
- Some farmers also run their buffalo in non-competitive ritualistic manner for thanksgiving for protecting their animals from diseases.
Important Info :
Kambala vs jallikattu:
- Although both of them are traditional animal sports, involving bulls, they are different by principle.
- Kambala is “Buffalo RACING”.
- Jallikattu is “Bull TAMING” where a group of people try to hold on to the bull and win).
Source : The Hindu