Cows are sacred on Indian streets, literally holy-cow...
NEW DELHI, Oct 3, 2010 (AFP) - India’s much-fancied wrestlers wanted to have their own cow at the Commonwealth Games athletes’ village but the request was turned down, the Times of India said on Sunday.
The daily said that an unnamed government official was told that the grapplers wanted the cow to give them easy access to “unlimited and fresh milk”.
The official said it was not possible to bring a cow into the high-security complex, which was at the centre of a row over poor hygiene and accommodation standards that raised the prospect of mass withdrawals.
“They can have as much milk as they want at the dining hall,” the official was quoted as saying.
Wrestling makes a return to the Games after being dropped from the 2006 programme, with India top of the rankings and seen as the team to beat on home soil. Women’s wrestling is included for the first time.