Hours after Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs, promised support for Kambala's unprecedented runner, Srinivas Gowda, arrangements have been made to facilitate his training and evaluation at the center of the Sports Authority of India in Bengaluru.
Sports Authority of India turned to Twitter to reveal that train tickets for Srinivas Gowda have been reserved and will be evaluated by SAI trainers in Bangalore on Monday.
Srinivas Gowda, a 28-year-old Karnataka Kambala rider, has become a sensation overnight after his record career clips went viral earlier this month.
We have approached #SrinivasaGowda and booked his train ticket. On Monday you will be in the center of Bangalore of SAI, where our coaches will evaluate you. We hope to identify and nurture more talents with contributions from all sports enthusiasts.@anandmahindra @RijijuOffice @Media_SAI https://t.co/syA81HtoFN
– DG, SAI (@DGSAI) February 15, 2020
"We communicate with #SrinivasaGowda and reserve your train ticket. On Monday you will be in the center of Bangalore of SAI, where our coaches will evaluate you. We hope to identify and cultivate more talents with the contributions of all sports enthusiasts," DG wrote UPS in Twitter.
Srinivas, who takes a job as a construction worker when not training with his four-legged teammates, broke the record for the fastest race in Kambala, a traditional Karnataka sport where farmers run with a pair of buffalo in slush tracks.
Srinivas reportedly completed the 142m race in just 13.42s, which caused comparisons, though unfair, to run to the great and decorated Olympic Usain Bolt.
Several social media users, including some prominent names, deduced that Srinivas would have completed a 100m run in 9.55s, which is 0.03s faster than the Usain Bolt 100m world record.
The sports minister, Kiren Rijiju, reacted on Saturday to the rumor, saying that she would organize the trials of Srinivas by the best trainers of the SAI.
"I will call Srinivasa Gowda for the tests of the best SAI coaches. There is a lack of knowledge in the masses about the standards of the Olympic Games, especially in athletics where human strength and endurance is overcome. I will ensure that there is no talent left in India. Not tested, "Kiren Rijiju said according to the ANI news agency.
This is not the first time that Kiren Rijiju reacts to social media rumors in the name of the search for new talent.
In 2019, the sports ministry organized a test for a Madhya Pradesh farmer who, in a viral video, completed a 100-meter lap in just 11 seconds barefoot. A test race was organized for Rameshwar Gurjar, but the young man did not meet expectations.
"Rameshwar Gurjar's test race was held at TT Nagar Stadium by senior trainers of SAI and the State Government. Here, Rameshwar is seen running on the far left. He is exhausted due to the glow of publicity, so it could not work well. time and training for him, "Rijiju tweeted.