Images of world sport

Athletic competition is something every nation seems to share. This blog would like to celebrate it on a weekly basis. And without further ado:

A Syrian rebel plays football in the Saif al-Dawlah neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. The United Nations estimated Wednesday that more than 60,000 people have been killed in Syria’s 21-month-old uprising against authoritarian rule, a toll one-third higher than what anti-regime activists had counted. The U.N. human rights chief called the toll “truly shocking.” (AP Photo/Andoni Lubacki)

Jory Markiss of Longmont, Colo., flies off the bull Tapout during the seventh annual Professional Bull Riders Invitational finals rodeo at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Despite record cold temperatures, young Indian boys play cricket in an open area on a winter evening in Kolkata, India, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. More than 100 people have died of exposure as several parts of India deal with historically cold temperatures. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

Austria’s Wolfgang Loitzl soars through the air during his competition jump of the third stage of the four hills ski jumping tournament during foggy weather in Innsbruck, Austria, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Team USA goalie John Gibson, center, celebrates with teammates Mike Reilly, left, and Shayne Gostisbehere after defeating Sweden 3-1 in the gold medal hockey game at the IIHF World Junior ice hockey championships in Ufa, Russia, on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

Carlos Sainz of Spain and co-driver Timo Gottschalk of Germany race in the 4nd stage of the 2013 Dakar Rally from Nazca to Arequipa, Peru, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. The race finishes in Santiago, Chile, on Jan. 20. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

Sport can even bring two international rivals together. Fans of cricket teams of Pakistan, right, and India, left, greet at each other outside the Feroz Shah Kotla ground, the venue of third and final one-day international cricket match between India and Pakistan in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. India won by 10 runs. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)


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