Srinivasa Gowda
Srinivasa Gowda
Photo: Twitter collage

Kambala jockey Srinivasa Gowda, who had earlier refused to take part in the Sports Authority of India (SAI) trials in Bengaluru on Monday, said that he will now take up the eligibility test after March 10 as he is busy with four more Kambala races.

Speaking to The New Indian Express (TNIE), Gowda said, "I will come to sports authority of India to take up eligibility test after March 10 as I am busy with four more Kambala race".

On Monday, talking to TNIE, he said, "In Kambala race, heels play an important role whereas it is toes in a track race. Not just jockeys, but even Buffaloes have a role to play in Kambala. In track race, this is not the case."

Upon being asked about Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju's invitation to take part in trials for a track event at SAI, he said, "I will not be attending the sports trials. I want to achieve further in Kambala."

Kambala jockey Srinivasa Gowda became an overnight sensation when a video of him running in a slushy paddy field went viral all over social media. Gowda set the new record as the fastest runner in the history of the Kambala as he covered 142.5 metres in 13.62 seconds. People compared him with sprinter Usain Bolt and even urged sporting bodies to take note of the jockey.

"I'll call Karnataka's Srinivasa Gowda for trials by top SAI Coaches. There's 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 talents in India is left out untested," Rijiju wrote on Twitter.

After being compared with Usain Bolt who holds the world 100m record of 9.58 seconds, Gowda had said: "People are comparing me to Usain Bolt. He is a world champion, I am only running in a slushy paddy field."

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