Rural Olympics Will Make You Forget The Others


Kila Raipur Sports Festival  (Rural Olympics) is an annual event that takes  place in Qila Raipur, Punjab, India. Rural Olympics in Punjab have their own fan following. Once you witness these, you will forget all others.

Rural Olympics Will Make You Forget The Others
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Rural Olympics were inaugurated in the year 1896 by Inder Singh Grewal and have been trendy ever since. It has both conventional and unconventional activities you can not find anywhere around the world. The best part about these events is that they go beyond the ideal standards of competing in tournaments such as being muscular or fast or any other professional requirement. People can train themselves on their own and participate with full zest. The enthusiasm and energy you will witness here will drown you in its charm. 

The highlights in the Rural Olympics are usually Gatka, the north-western indian form of martial arts and also bullock cart racing which now is modified into horse racing. There are competitions and cultural activities that take place and will leave you flabbergasted.

Rural Olympics Will Make You Forget The Others
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 Some of those competition includes-

  • Cart race
  • Pulling cars with hair
  • 65 year old men racing
  • Fire games
  • Kabaddi 
  • Tyre roll
  • Balancing ploughs and poles on your teeth
  • Loading and unloading stacks
  • Races with two or more horses 
  • Aerobics and athletics 

And so much more.

Rural Olympics Will Make You Forget The Others
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The competitions here are not your usual racing, running or driving. They go so much beyond that and create modifications and challenges of their own.  This is a four-day event that is held at the Grewal Sports Stadium in Kila Raipur, Punjab and the tickets get available when the event is near. This is a tradition you must witness at least once in your life. Also, while you are there, don’t forget to plan a short trip to the Golden Temple! Added bonus.


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