A 27-year-old bullock cart lover has got a tattoo of his favourite game on his left arm.
A resident of Kila Raipur, Satinder Singh is a bullock cart jockey who owns four bulls and has won multiple medals in the races. He got inked, “Kitia bapu ne sab reejhan purian (My father has fulfilled all my wishes)” along with a bullock cart tattoo on his arm.
Hoping to see the bullock cart races again at Kila Raipur stadium, Singh claimed that he spends Rs 1,000 on each bull and feeds them 100 almonds, raisins and other feed everyday.
“My father was very fond bullock carts and used to participate in the fairs. He then left his hobby and went abroad to earn money for us. However, we kept taking care of our bulls. Eight years ago, I had started following my father’s path and became a jockey,” he said.
“My father is in Dubai now and I am here at Kila Raipur sports festival but we miss the bullock cart races very badly. We are hopeful that the new government will take steps to allow bullock cart race in the coming months”, he added.
Like him, a group of bull owners at the stadium claimed that they no longer hope to see bullock cart races ever again. One of them, Jagwinder Singh, said if Tamil Nadu government can allow Jallikattu, the Punjab government should also allow them to participate in the bullock cart races.
Results of Day 1
In the first match of Bhagwant Memorial Gold Cup Hockey tourney, Minia beat host Kila Raipur by 8-7 through penalty strokes. In the second match, Buttar beat Batala by 4-2. In the third match, Habri Eleven beat Ropar by 4-2 while SGPC Academy Batala beat Shahabad Markanda by 5-0.
In 400m race (boys), Sunil Sindhi of Phagwara, Vishawjit Singh of Mastuana Sahib and Harpreet Singh of Gurdaspur bagged first three positions. In 400m race (girls), Prachi of Patiala, Somna of Meerut, UP, and Amanpreet Kaur of Tarn Taran bagged the first three positions. In 100m race (boys, under 19), Harpreet Singh of Gurdaspur, Lakhwinder Singh and Vicky Kumar of Ludhiana bagged the first three positions. In 100m race (girls), Renu of Ludhiana, Prachi of Patiala, and Lovepreet Kaur of Ludhiana bagged the first three positions. In cycling (boys, under 19), Sahil, Amandeep Singh and Nikhil Sharma of Ludhiana bagged the first three positions.