Tournament pigeon bangalore
TOURNAMENT PIGEON BANGALORE ALL “girebaazes” are welcome
BANGALORE: Among the many secrets that the modernity of Bangalore hides is the city’s historical tradition of pigeon racing that continues to have a large number of enthusiasts.
Many of these aficionados can be spotted on their tall terraces late in the evenings scanning the sky for their beloved birds. Scenes from films such as Shyam Benegal’s “Junoon” and books, including William Dalrymple’s “Delhi”, come to mind but modern Bangalore’s pigeon enthusiasts are slightly different, although their excitement for the sport remains the same
“There are around 250 professional pigeon racers called “girebaaz” or “kabutarbaaz” in this bangalore city
Many of these enthusiasts meet regularly to discuss their pigeons and to strategise to secure a rare bird
president of a committee that organises several pigeon racing tournaments across the city and State, “Pigeon racing does not actually mean there is a race; it is more of an endurance test.
“The competition is about how long a particular pigeon can stay up in the air.”
While this does not sound as exciting as an actual race, it is far more gruelling for the bird,
The current record in Bangalore stands at a few minutes over 13 hours.
“This record was set last year when a pigeon started flying early in the morning and to our surprise, continued to remain in the air even after it was dark
Pigeon racing tournaments in Bangalore are conducted in June and July, months which have the best winds. Participants look at the bird’s bloodline apart from assessing it for its feathers, structure and eyes.
The 21 rules governing the tournament have to be strictly followed
Taking part in tournaments and meeting fellow pigeon racers has helped me out a great deal, both personally and professionally apart from bringing me fame.”
The hobby, according to veteran “girebaazes” in Bangalore, is only increasing and is becoming more professional with contacts being established with a worldwide community of enthusiasts now through the internet.
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NOW COMING DOWN TO SECOND TYPE OF PIGEON TOURNAMENT / RACING
RACING PIGEONS / RACING HOMERS
Pigeon racing is the sport of releasing specially trained racing pigeons, which then return to their homes over a carefully measured distance. The time it takes the animal to cover the specified distance is measured and the bird's rate of travel is calculated and compared with all of the other pigeons in the race to determine which animal returned at the highest speed.
Pigeon racing requires a specific breed of pigeon bred for the sport, the "Racing Homer". Competing pigeons are specially trained and conditioned for races that vary in distance for approximately to 100 to 1000 km.
The winner of a pigeon race is the bird with the highest velocity, measured in ypm or mpm; this calculation demands that the distance be divided into yards, then divide the yards by the number of minutes it took the bird to return. Since races can often be won and lost by seconds, many different timing and measuring devices have been developed. The traditional timing method involves rubber rings being placed into a specially designed clock, whereas a newer development uses RFID tags to record arrival time.
While there is no definite proof, there are compelling reasons to think the sport of racing pigeons may go back at least as far as 220 AD or possibly earlier. The sport achieved a great deal of popularity in Belgium in the mid 19th century. The pigeon fanciers of Belgium were so taken with the hobby that they began to develop pigeons specially cultivated for fast flight and long endurance called Voyageurs. From Belgium the modern version of the sport and the Voyageurs which the Flemish fanciers developed spread to most parts of the world. Once quite popular, the sport has experienced a downturn in participants in some parts of the world in recent years, possibly due to the rising cost of living, aging fanciers, and a severe lack of public interest