(529 – Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico : Belize’s players celebrate with the trophy after defeating Mexico in the final of the pre-Columbian Mayan ball championship, in Merida, state of Yucatan, Mexico, on December 3, 2021. With little regard for joints or bones, bare-chested men hurl their bodies at a hard floor and contort their limbs to strike a heavy rubber ball with their hips. They are practitioners of the ancient sport of Pok ta Pok, sometimes translated as Mayan ball, and have been competing in the game’s very own World Cup. Photo: Hugo BORGES-AFP)
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