Rural Olympics: the Kila Raipur Sports Festival

  • 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.

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