Congress leader Pargat Singh claimed in last Kila Raipur Sports festival to appeal for the revival of Bullock cart races to Punjab Government
“Traditional Bullock cart races would be a part of next Rural Olympics to keep the tradition of this worldwide renowned festival alive”, these words were marked by the former Director Sports Punjab and Olympian Congress MLA Jalandhar Cantt, Pargat Singh during his visit as a chief guest at the 82nd Kila Raipur Sports Festival better known as the Rural Olympics worldwide last year. But till date nothing has been done in this regard despite fact in month of February 83rd sports festival will commence.
It is worth mentioning that Bullock cart races was the lifeline of these games and people from all over world use to reach Kila Raipur to have a glimpse of bullock cart races. Moreover it is worth mentioning that still on the winners trophies of different categories figures of bullock carts can be seen. Earlier due to traditional bullock cart races, sports lovers use to reach Kila Raipur Sports Festival from different parts of India and world. But last year due to no bullock cart races turnout was low.
Paragt Singh was the chief guest on the first day of 2018 Kila Raipur Sports Festival. He than claimed to put forward a request letter to the Punjab Government for the start of bullock cart races on the footsteps of other states in country where these races were also banned earlier. As Pargat Singh talking to Daily Post than said, “I have made questionnaire and proposal regarding bullock cart races issue of Kila Raipur Sports festival to put forward in coming meeting with high command. Like in other states I would try my best to revive bullock races in rural Olympics.”
Pargat Singh further blamed non-understanding of the deep routed facts and lack of English speaking in Punjab by the committees being formed to judge the cruelty against animals in case of bullock carts, “In the Punjab villagers keep their bullock like their sons they spend lakhs on their diet and well being. In no way they are cruel to them, but concerned committees don’t go deep into the facts before submitting the reports. He would request a deep rooted survey on it and request to restart these races.” He further assured to bring out youth from drugs and move them to sports in Punjab.
Sukhvir Grewal, Secretary of Grewal Sports informed , “We didn’t receive any information regarding the permission of carrying out bullock cart races till now. Pargat Singh has come as a ray of hope for us last year and we are hopeful he would help us in restarting traditional bullock cart races as its closure has affected the charm of the games among the masses.” Rural Olympics is searching for a light which can put off the darkness regarding bullock cart races and they have a ray of hope and brightness in the form of Pargat Singh for their sports festival 2019. When tried to contact Pargat Singh, he was not available for comments.
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