Kambala jockey Srinivas Gowda has been the toast of the nation since a video of him allegedly bettering the 100m world-record holder Usain Bolt’s timing of 9.58s. Srinivas is said to have raced 100m in 9.55 seconds during a traditional buffalo race in Karnataka which has made him a social media sensation with the likes of Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju inviting him for trials.Also Read - Tokyo Olympics 2020: Mary Kom Was Clear Winner, Says Kiren Rijiju
However, Srinivas is not interested in appearing for the trails at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and wants to focus on Kambala. “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” Gowda was quoted as saying by The New Indian Express. Also Read - Sports Minister Anurag Thakur Chairs Meeting of High-Level Committee to Review India's Olympic Preparation
An impressed Rijiju had taken to Twitter to announce he will call Srinivas for trials to ensure no talented Indian is left untested. “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 are left out untested,” Rijiju wrote on Saturday. Also Read - Anurag Thakur Replaces Kiren Rijiju as India's New Sports Minister Just Two Weeks Before Tokyo Olympics 2020
The English Daily claims Srinivas won’t take part in SAI trials but will meet with B. S. Yediyurappa on Monday.
Without revealing the amount he earns from his performance in Kambala, Srinivas is happy with whatever he makes having participated in hundreds of such events and winning multiple prizes.
SAI had earlier claimed Srinivas will be reaching its centre in Bengaluru on Monday and will be given time to acclimatize before being trialled. “Srinivas Gowda will be reaching SAI Bengaluru centre on Monday. He will be given a day or two of rest and acclimatization before his trial takes place. The date of trail has not been fixed yet,” PTI had quoted SAI sources as saying.