New Delhi: After the video clip of a Karnataka man named Srinivasa Gowda who covered a distance of 100 meters in just 9.55 seconds went viral, netizens have hailed him as ‘India’s Usain Bolt’. Also Read - Faster Than Bolt: This Karnataka Man Covers 100 Metre Kambala Race With Buffaloes in 9.55 Seconds
Many even claimed that the Gowda’s timing was faster than Bolt, who holds the world record in the 100-metre race at 9.58 seconds. Now, more recognition and appreciation is coming his way as the Sports Ministry has called him for trials.
It all happened after industrialist Anand Mahindra wrote to Sports Minister Kiren Rijuju to train Gowda and Rijiju assured that he will invite him for trials by top SAI coaches.
“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,” tweeted Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday.
28-year-old Gowda, a construction labourer, became the talk of the town after videos of him running a distance of 100 metres in just 9.55 seconds at a Kambala race went viral.
Kambala is an annual buffalo race held in the southwestern state of Karnataka which is traditionally, sponsored by local Tuluva landlords and households in the coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi.
Stumped by his talent, Shashi Tharoor too had urged the government to take note and wrote on Twitter, ”Faster Than Usain Bolt? Karnataka Man Running With Buffaloes Covers 100 Metres in Just 9.55 Seconds. I urge the Athletics Association of India to take this man under their wing & make an Olympic champion of him. Wonder how many hidden talents we have!”
Meanwhile, despite fame coming his way, the humble Srinivasa Gowda told ANI, “People are comparing me to Usain Bolt. He is a world champion, I am only running in a slushy paddy field.”