'Jallikattu,' the popular bull-taming sport in Tamil Nadu, could be held next month by
following the guidelines imposed in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government said on Wednesday.
A maximum of 300 participants would only be allowed for Jallikattu and 150 for 'Erudhu Vidum Nigazhchi', another variety of the sport.
Spectators shall be subjected to thermal scanning before entry into the open spaces earmarked for the events and they must follow requisite social distancing and wear masks, the government said in an official release.
The participants should necessarily possess a COVID-19 negative certificate from government authorised labs. There are 235 COVID laboratories in Tamil Nadu. A detailed Standard Operating Procedure for the conduct of the sport in January 2021 would be issued separately, the government said.
The sport is traditionally held coinciding with 'Pongal', the harvest festival in the Tamil month of 'Thai' in January.
Alanganallur and Palamedu are among the regions in Tamil Nadu that have been hosting the events for ages.
Jallikattu was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014 after a plea was filed by the Animal Welfare Board of India and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
However, in 2016, after widespread protests in Tamil Nadu, the state government passed an ordinance which, with Centre’s approval, allowed it to resume since 2017.
(With PTI inputs.)
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