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Kila Raipur games, a spectacle for foreigners

Come February 17 and all roads will lead to the quaint village of Kila Raipur, the host of Kila Raipur Sports Festival popularly known as ‘Rural Olympics’. Spectacular performances and daredevil stunts make this annual extravaganza the ‘destination to be’ for scores of sports enthusiasts from world over.

punjab Updated: Feb 15, 2017 15:39 IST
Rameshinder Singh Sandhu
Scheduled from February 17 to 19, this year too foreigners will make a beeline for the games, some on their own while others as special guests accompanying NRIs from the region.
Scheduled from February 17 to 19, this year too foreigners will make a beeline for the games, some on their own while others as special guests accompanying NRIs from the region.(JS Grewal / HT)

Come February 17 and all roads will lead to the quaint village of Kila Raipur, the host of Kila Raipur Sports Festival popularly known as ‘Rural Olympics’. Spectacular performances and daredevil stunts make this annual extravaganza the ‘destination to be’ for scores of sports enthusiasts from world over. Scheduled from February 17-19, this year too several foreign visitors are expected to attend the games, some on their own while many will be special guests, accompanying the Non Resident Indian’s (NRI) from the region especially villages.

Set to land in the coming days, NRI’s share their excitement of sharing the experience with their foreign guests; majority of them being neighbours or work colleagues abroad. Some will come along with just one guest while others will bring the entire family along.

“I motivated two of my colleagues from the workplace to join me since both of them love different kind of sports and adventures. So, I decided to show them this festival that enthralls several foreign visitors like them. It will be an event to remember forever since it remains packed with rare adventures”, shares Sarabjeet Singh who has been living in a village near Chicago since last 20 years and hails from Phillaur and works in an automobile company.

Similarly, Balpreet Singh who has his roots in Gujjarwal village –neighbour of Kila Raipur and lives in Melbourne is all set to come with a family of four from his neighbourhood, who have been to India several times but will be attending this sports festival for the first time with Singh.

“Last year, I came along with my family to attend these games besides visiting my village. On getting back, our children shared the pictures of these games with the neighbours which were enough to inspire them. The same day, all of them got curious to know more about these games and we told them that they should keep their bags ready to join us next year, as during the same time, we had planned our India trip”, remarks Singh.

Similarly, Brampton based Paramjit Singh and his wife Amanpreet Kaur who hail from Kila Raipur share another interesting tale. “You won’t believe that our neighbour, an elderly lady came to our house with a Lufthansa’s airline magazine that carried a cover story on these games in its November edition, wishing to experience it. As we had plans to go to India during the same days, we asked her to join us”.

Meanwhile, there are also many expatriates from different parts of the country who arrive at these games every year including officials from embassies and international airline cabin crew members who get inspired through social media or ‘word of mouth’ publicity through their friends and colleagues. Besides them, there are also infinite travel writers, photographers and members of international media who will be more than willing to catch a glimpse of this unique sports festival.