The Rural Olympics, formally known as the Kila Raipur Sports Festival, is hosted in a small village of Punjab, i.e., Kila Raipur.
The Kila Raipur Sports Society, Patti Sohaviya, organises the Kila Raipur Games every February in this village near Ludhiana.
The Rural Olympics has already made a buzz by hosting competitive events for animals as well, where special breeds of bullocks, mules, camels, dogs, etc.
Every contest carries a unique folk name, derived from rural Indian culture, and several of them are designed only for specific genders.
Take Tirinjen for example — a spinning wheel is divided into sections with each section denoting different human emotions like sorrow, happiness, anger, love, disgust, etc.
The participants (ladies only) have to sing songs and express the emotion given to them.
Other unconventional games that grace this rural sports festival include tractor tyre racing, Gilli Danda, Lukan Miti (hide and seek), Rasa Kashi (tug of war) — and the list goes on.
The popular Indian sport, Kabaddi and other globally acclaimed sports such as wrestling, acrobatics, hockey, football and weight lifting have also garnered a prominent place in the Kila Raipur Sports Festival.
The event is also accompanied by a kaleidoscopic ethnic performance that exemplifies the folk richness and the sheer zest for life that the people of Punjab have.