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BEST Sports Photos of the Week!

March 11, 2014 11:17 IST

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From the gritty wrestlers of the akharas to gravity-defying moves by Paralympic athletes, Rediff.com has all that and more snapped right here...

Wrestlers practise as others rest in the mud at a traditional Indian wrestling centre called akhara in Mumbai. Kushti (mud wrestling) is a traditional sport in India but more and more young athletes are now training to wrestle on mats instead of mud to gain access to top international competitions like the Olympic Games or the Commonwealth Games.

Traditional Indian wrestling isn't just a sport -- it's an ancient subculture where wrestlers live and train together and follow strict rules. Wrestlers belong to gyms called akharas, where wrestlers live under strict rules.


Image: Wrestlers practise in akhara
Photographs: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

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Ukraine's Alina Fodorova competes in the long jump event during the women's pentathlon at the world indoor athletics championships at the ERGO Arena in Sopot. 


Image: Alina Fodorova
Photographs: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

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Some athletes leave no stone unturned to help their teams win.

Scotland's Alex Dunbar is tackled by France's Maxime Mermoz during their Six Nations rugby union match at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh Scotland. 


Image: Alex Dunbar is tackled by France's Maxime Mermoz
Photographs: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

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Wigan Athletic manager Uwe Rosler seems to be in the mood for some waltz.

Rosler, left, and his Manchester City counterpart Manuel Pellegrini during their English FA Cup quarter final soccer match at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, northern England. 


Image: Uwe Rosler, left, with Manuel Pellegrini
Photographs: Phil Noble/Reuters

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After the Sochi Winter Olympics, it is time for the Paralympic athletes to sizzle on the ice.

Canada's Caleb Brousseau skis during the men's sitting skiing downhill at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center.


Image: Caleb Brousseau
Photographs: Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters

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It looks spooky but it was a dangerous crash!

Tyler Walker of the US crashes as he takes a jump during the men's sitting skiing downhill at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center.


Image: Tyler Walker
Photographs: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

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