IPA Awards 2018 Professional Sports

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Indian students practice various postures of Pole Mallakhamba, during the training session at Shree Samarth Vyayam Mandir in Mumbai, India, 27 April 2018. Mallakhamba arose in the western state of Maharashtra centuries ago. It was originally practiced by wrestlers and soldiers as a strength training exercise. 'Malla' means 'wrestler' and 'Khamb' means 'pole' in Marathi, though the term is the same in Kannada and Tamil. It is a sport of strength and power, which provides a complete exercise for the entire bo

Indian students practice various postures of Pole Mallakhamba, during the training session at Shree Samarth Vyayam Mandir in Mumbai, India, 27 April 2018. Mallakhamba arose in the western state of Maharashtra centuries ago. It was originally practiced by wrestlers and soldiers as a strength training exercise. 'Malla' means 'wrestler' and 'Khamb' means 'pole' in Marathi, though the term is the same in Kannada and Tamil. It is a sport of strength and power, which provides a complete exercise for the entire body in a short period of time. Mallakhamba requires the strength of wrestling and the flexibility of gymnastics and yoga, and practitioners must combine those elements to perform aerial yoga poses while gripping a vertical pole. EPA-EFE/DIVYAKANT SOLANKI

International Photography Awards 2018

First Place Professional Sports, Other

Photographer: Divyakant Solanki