New Delhi: Traditional bull-taming sport ‘Jallikattu’ on Thursday began at Avaniyapuram in Madurai with certain restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. People in the crowd were seen wearing face masks during an event in Avaniyapuram, in the view of COVID-19.Also Read - Rajnath Singh Writes to Bengal, Tamil Nadu CMs Over Exclusion of Tableaux From Republic Day Parade

The Tamil Nadu government in December last year had granted permission to hold Jallikattu with certain restrictions. Also Read - First in India! Tamil Nadu Couple to Host Harry Potter-Themed Wedding Reception in Metaverse | Watch

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As per the directive, the number of players cannot be more than 150 at an event and COVID-19 negative certificates have been made mandatory for players.

The number of spectators has also been restricted to 50 per cent of the gathering.

The Supreme Court (SC) in 2014 banned ‘Jallikattu’ after a plea was filed by the Animal Welfare Board of India and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) but the state government insisted that Jallikattu was a crucial part of its culture and identity.

The ban was later lifted in January 2017 with an amendment to the law after massive protests in Chennai.

(With ANI inputs)