For decades, the ‘Bholu brothers practise ring’ honed the talent of Pakistan’s most famous wrestling family. Today, it is their graveyard, a fitting symbol of the decline of the sport in the country. The Bholu brothers are buried next to a centuries-old Banyan tree at the side of their former ring. Sweepers clean the mausoleum, but otherwise this compound which consists of a mud court, abandoned gym and small decayed garden gets eerily quiet.
These pictures were taken during a training session at a practise ring, in Lahore. —Photos and texts by AFP