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Buffaloes make headlines as Kambala races unfold in Uppinangady

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Kambala, a traditional Indian sport consisting of buffaloes racing on a slushy muddy field being driven by farmers, has caught the attention of the media after jockey Srinivas Gowda covered the 142,5 metres long track in 13.62 seconds in February.

Footage filmed on Friday in Uppinangady shows Kampala jockeys getting their buffaloes ready for the race before hitting the muddy tracks for a sprint. Kampala jockey Srinivas Gowda, who has been recently compared to Usain Bolt, also took part in the event as an excited crowd from nearby villages watched.

“I can’t compare myself to Hussain Bolt, he’s running in tracks and I am running in fields. They are track runners and they put in a lot of hard work and practice on tracks. I have never received any training in my life. But we practice Kambala regularly. Maybe after track training, I can try to be like him,” said Gowda.

“Our speed and victory depend on the buffalos. How fast the buffalos can run is also how fast we can run with them and set records. So it’s mainly the efforts of the buffalos,” the jockey explained.

Kambala races have been ongoing since 2018, after they were banned by interim order from Karnataka’s state court. Several measures aiming for a more “humane” treatment of the animals were introduced by the organisation to resume the races which are still under attack by animal rights groups.

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