Some talents perish without getting any exposure. Digging out the precious jewels from the far-flung areas is a herculean task. Fortunately, The 28-year old Kambala racer Srinivas Gowda’s breathtaking running speed along with his pair of buffaloes was released in a video which became viral in no time on the internet. Credit should be given to social media for unveiling such an extraordinary talent.
Gowda a surprise element
Kambala is a buffalo-racing competition held in coastal Karnataka. This event was banned in 2014 by the Supreme Court on the grounds of cruelty against animals, critics believed that animals had to run on the paddy fields while being whipped causing stress as well as injuries to them. But this popular sport of coastal Karnataka got a nod again in 2017 to begin. Srinivas Gowda was the part of the race last month and his fast and furious running video has raised the eyebrows of sports minister and authorities as well.
Comparison with Bolt a mistake
The video showed Gowda running 142.5 metres in 13.62 seconds during the customary race on a paddy field in Mangalore’s Kadri. It means he ran 100 meters in only 9.55 seconds. People were astonished to see his flying sprint and started comparing him with the great Jamaican short distance runner Usain Bolt. Remember the current 100 meters sprint world record timing is 9.58 seconds in the name of Usain Bolt set on August 16, 2009. But he has to go a long way to touch the shadow of Bolt.
Gowda earns fame overnight
This dash made Srinivas Gowda a well-known figure as well as the toast of the nation overnight. His potential has been acknowledged by the political leaders while Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted “I’ll call Karnataka’s Srinivasa Gowda for trials by top SAI Coaches.” There’s a lack of knowledge in masses about the standards of Olympics especially in athletics where ultimate human strength & endurance are surpassed. I’ll ensure that no talent in India is left out untested.
State govt announces 3 lakh as reward
The Karnataka government felicitated Gowda on Monday, the state chief minister Yediyurappa announced a cash prize of Rs 3 lakh to the emerging athlete Srinivas Gowda. Meanwhile, C. Harish, athletics coach at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) believed that Gowda’s athletic talent could not be ruined.
Sachin gets recognition in Germany bags Laureus Sporting Moment Award
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has been representing India since 1989. He had achieved uncountable laurels for the country. The master blaster still recognises in the sporting fraternity all over the world. He represented the nation again on Monday bagged the Laureus Sporting Moment Award in Berlin.
Sports unite and unify everyone
After getting this prestigious award the former India captain and run machine was jubilant recalled Nelson Mandela’s word that “sport has got the power to unite, unify everyone. Sachin later says ‘I feel this trophy belongs to all of us.
Sachin first choice of people
Team India lifted the 2011 world cup under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in Mumbai, after the triumph his teammates lifted the diminutive batsman on their shoulders because this was Sachin’s sixth and final world cup appearance. With the support of Indian cricket fans and players, the little master bagged the maximum number of votes to get Laureus best sporting moment in the last 20 years.
Waugh hands trophy to Sachin
Many well-known sports personalities along with distinguished guests were present in the glittering ceremony held in Berlin. Former Australian captain Steve Waugh handed the trophy to Sachin Tendulkar while Boris Becker the yesteryear tennis superstar of Germany, announced the winner’s name.
World cup a proudest moment for Sachin
Remembering the 2011 world cup-winning moment, Sachin recalled he was lifting the trophy merely on behalf of his countrymen in Mumbai and it was the ‘proudest moment of his life’. Talking after receiving the award from Australian great Steve Waugh at the Laureus Awards Tendulkar said: “To be holding this trophy, I would like to thank the Laureus Academy members for giving this memory to me.
Sachin Tendulkar represented India for almost 25-year, and saw many ups and downs in his illustrious career. But he never gave up. He played his maiden world cup in 1992 but lifted the glittering trophy almost two decades later in 2011. This proves the continued devotion, dedication and sincerity of a man never goes in vain.