This video from Kenya says about itself:
6 May 2013
The Hunt For Medals, Not Lions: The first ever Maasai Olympics, created to help eliminate lion hunting from the Maasai culture, organized and partly funded by Big Life Foundation. Featuring Guest of Honor, 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist, David Rudisha.
Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
Maasai Olympics saves lions
Lions benefit from a sporting event in Kenya. In the Maasai Olympics young warriors can prove their perseverance with sports, rather than with the traditional lion hunting. Formerly a Maasai boy could only be a true warrior by killing the predator.
The components of the tournament are inspired by the ancient traditions of the Maasai. Thus, the famous jumping dance of the tribe changed to the Maasai high jump, where participants from an upright stance should jump as high as possible. Also there is javelin and rungu-throwing. Participants throw bats, normally used to drive away jackals.
The multi-day event is held for the second time. Tribal elders decided in 2012 for an alternative test event, because killing lions was bad for the animals and the Maasai.
“You can no longer kill lions because they can help us. Tourists come to see the lions and so we can afford schooling,” said one of the participants.
“Before, we did not realize what the lions could do for us,” says another one. “Now we understand how important they are and we kill them no more.”
The tribe enlisted the help of an American conservationist to organize the event. “They said: ‘Elsewhere in the world boys use sports to impress the girls?” That was the beginning of the Maasai Olympics. ”
Participants compete in four cohorts of boys between 16 and 25 for the honour, the attention of the girls present and prices. The winning team will also receive a bull to take home.
The Kenyan athlete David Rudisha, one of the famous Maasai, came today to encourage the participants. “He has not become famous by killing a lion,” recalled one of the organizers. “He became famous for his sporting qualities.”
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