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13/02/2016 12:25 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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Zulkarnain Dev

India's annual 'Rural Olympics', formally known as the Kila Raipur Sports Festival, is held every winter in Kila Raipur on the outskirts of Ludhiana. This year marks the 80th edition of the festival, which was held for the first time in 1933.

The four-day event is a unique celebration of Indian rural culture, with competitions held for rustic sports and games, including horse racing, being run over by farm machinery, horseback acrobatics and other unusual demonstrations of strength.

The main attraction of the festival -- the bullock cart races -- were not organised this year due to a ban on bull races by the Supreme Court.

Nonetheless, spirits were high as competitors - from teenagers to pensioners - vied for top place in contests such as pulling vehicles with their ears, Punjabi martial arts, tug of war and balancing bicycles on their teeth. Horses and dogs also competed in various events.

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