Srinivas Gowda reveals diet which helps him excel in Kambala racing
Ganji (rice gruel) for breakfast, fish and chicken for lunch and dinner is the secret diet followed by Kambala jockey Srinivasa Gowda and many others like him including the latest sensation Nishant Shetty.
After Gowda became a star on the internet, another Kambala runner Nishant Shetty has beaten Gowda over 100 metres by 0.04 seconds. In fact, Shetty covered 143m in 13.68 seconds on Sunday, reportedly at the Soorya-Chandra Jodukare Kambala in Venoor while Gowda ran 142.5 meters in 13.62 seconds on February 1 in Kadri.
If calculated for 100m, Srinivas Gowda covered the distance in 9.55 seconds while Nishant Shetty has overtaken the former by completing the same distance in 9.51 seconds.
So how did Srinivasa get those rippling muscles and natural six-pack? It is because he works as a construction worker and add to that, a lot of rigorous training that includes yoga and personality development is what has made Srinivasa Gowda, the Kambala star today.
He tells India Today that fish is a must for him apart from being a staple diet, it has also made him strong and given him a good stamina. A normal Kambala jockey also includes in their daily diet fruits, coconut-based chutneys and food cooked in coconut oil.
But their training does not end here. Professor Gunapala Kadamba from the Kambala Academy says that each and every Kambala jockey needs to understand the animal well. They have to give the buffaloes good oil massages, clean the dung and learn the art of tying the rope which is not very easy.
Running on a slush paddy field is completely different from running on a normal track that Usain Bolt competes in. In Kambala, the heels play an important role whereas it is toes in a track race. So much so that sprinters who have tried their luck in Kambala have failed by tripping at the start of the race. However, the biggest difference here is that without the buffaloes, these speeds would never be achieved.