India’s first-ever World Mallakhamb Championship

The traditional sport Mallakhamb is characterised by athletes performing a variety of yogic and gymnastic poses while suspended from a rope or on a pole.

Its name comes from the words malla which means wrestler and khamb which means pole.

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India emerged as the winners in the team event at the first Mallakhamb World Championship which concluded Mumbai Sunday. (AP)
The two-day tournament was held at Shivaji Park in central Mumbai, in which participants from 15 countries – Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, USA, Iran, Norway, England, France, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam, Bahrain and hosts India competed. (AP)
The traditional sport Mallakhamb indianspice news
The traditional sport Mallakhamb is characterised by athletes performing a variety of yogic and gymnastic poses while suspended from a rope or on a pole. Its name comes from the words malla which means wrestler and khamb which means pole. (AP)
The traditional sport Mallakhamb indianspice news
Mallakhamb is being practiced in India since centuries and it is one such sport form which doesn’t require much money or equipment. (AP)
The traditional sport Mallakhamb indianspice news
During the event, German mallakhamb team coach Ruth Anzenberger presented an audio-visual presentation about the workshops and practice of the ancient Indian sport held in his country. (Express photo: Nirmal Harindran)
The traditional sport Mallakhamb indianspice news
Mallakhamb has gained international attention due to reality shows where mallakhamb performers have won popularity. Mallakhamb is now a part of Cirque du Soleil’s show Bazzar as well. (Express photo: Nirmal Harindran)
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The team championship was won by India with 244.73 points, while Singapore stood second with 44.45 and Malaysia came third with 30.22 points. (Express photo: Nirmal Harindran)

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