Karnataka: Kambala star jockey Shrinivas Gowda injured during race | Mangaluru News – Times of India


MANGALURU: The season’s first Kambala saw celebrated Kambala jockey Shrinivas Gowda, 29, from Mijar Ashwathpur near Moodbidri, sustain injuries after a fall on the Kambala track at Hokkadigoli village in Bantwal taluk on Saturday.
Gowda, representing his owners Shaktiprasad Shetty, Shekar Shetty Mala, Iruvail Panila Bada Poojary and Harshawardhan Padiwal, was all set to participate in three categories at Veera-Vikrama Jodukere Kambala being organised by Mahishamardhini Kambala Samiti.
Gowda told TOI, “During the race, I lost control of the buffaloes that were running at a good speed and sustained injuries on my hand and leg after a fall. There is pain and I will go for an x-ray tomorrow. I am confident of giving my best at the Aikala Bava Kambala to be held on February 6,”he said.
During the last Kambala season, Gowda emerged as the champion. Last year, in the Kambala events organised by the district Kambala committee, Gowda bagged a total of 46 medals including 34 gold and 12 silver from 15 events.
Kambala or buffalo race is a traditional sport of Tulunadu where barefoot jockeys run behind a pair of buffaloes. Life for Shrinivas Gowda changed after he was compared to international sprinter Usain Bolt for covering 145 metres in 13.62 seconds at a Kambala competition. Not only did Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge) Kiren Rijiju asked SAI authorities to conduct trials, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa felicitated the jockey and handed over a cheque of Rs 3 lakh.
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