The bullock cart and dogs races would make a comeback in the 77th edition of the rural Olympics, also known as Kila Raipur games, beginning from January 31 at Kila Raipur Stadium. The first formal meeting regarding the games would take place on January 24 in the Ludhiana city.
Grewal Sports Association secretary Paramjit Singh Grewalconfirmed that Bullock Cart Association would participate in this edition of the games, as they won a case in the high court, besides, successfully organising a time trial event.
The ban on the race was imposed in 2007 following a notification issued by government of India under the violation of section 11 of Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act.
In the 2012 edition of the games the race did not take place, much to the disappointment of the villagers, whose sole motive is to win in order to keep the dignity of their forefathers who started these games.
It is pertinent to mention here that on July 4, 2012, Punjab and Haryana high court, in its judgement said that the Kila Raipur Games is not a cruelty on Bullocks, as their masters treated them well.
After the decision, a time trial event was carried out in Kila Raipur on July 28.
"We are ready with our bullocks to participate in the games", said Jasbir Singh Bittu, president of the Bullock Cart Association.
Grewal also informed that though they remain away from politics but Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and cabinet minister Adesh Partap Singh are expected to be guests of honour on the concluding and inaugural day and union minister Manish Tewari will be guest of honour on the third day.The games would conclude on February 3.
About the total cash prize, he said that Rs 35 lakh would be given to position holders.