The Kambala racer Srinivas Gowda, who has become the hot topic of discussion on social media after a video clips of him running a distance of 100 metres in just 9.55 seconds during a traditional buffalo race in Karnataka went viral, has been called for assessment at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Centre in Bengaluru. Also Read - India Battles COVID-19: Positive Cases Soar to 3,374, Death Toll Reaches 77; Govt Issues Fresh Advisory: 10 Points

Gowda’s timing has prompted many to compare him with multiple Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt, whose 100m world record is 9.58 seconds. Also Read - Coronavirus in India: Millennials Most Vulnerable to Infection, 17% Patients Above 60 Years



According to a report in PTI on Sunday, sources in SAI said Gowda will be given time for acclimatisation before his actual trial. He is expected to reach SAI Bengaluru on Monday. Also Read - 2,902 Cases, 68 Deaths: India Records Highest single-day Spike With 601 New Patients- Top Developments

“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,” SAI sources said.



Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju had on Saturday asked the top SAI coaches to conduct a trial of the 28-year-old Kambala jockey Gowda, a construction worker from Moodabidri, took just 13.62 seconds to run a distance of 145m, covering the first 100m in 9.55 seconds, at the Kambala at Aikala village near Mangaluru.

“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 his twitter handle on Saturday.

Sports Authority of India (SAI) later said on Twitter that Gowda’s train tickets have been booked and he will be assessed in Bengaluru on Monday.

“We have reached out to #SrinivasaGowda and booked his train ticket. He will be in SAI’s Bangalore center on Monday where our coaches will assess him. We hope to identify and nurture more talents with inputs from all sports enthusiasts,” the SAI wrote.