akshay kumar, one of the fittest stars in B-Town, just added another sports-and-fitness accolade to his name. The actor's personal parkour gym has won the bronze medal for IOC/IAKS awards - an international architecture prize for sports facilities.
A couple of years ago, he developed an interest in the sport and converted his huge Lokhandwala flat (when he moved to Juhu) in Skypan building into a parkour gym. Akshay with his son Aarav would regularly practice here.
His gym has been designed by world-renowned architect Daniel Dressen and houses the best equipment in the market. More than 100 candidates participated and Akshay's gym came in third. 117 participants took part from among 26 countries and the actor's gym stood out with its outstanding design and precise realisation.
It won a special distinction. Akshay says, "It's a huge honour for my gym to win a bronze at such a prestigious sports event. The Olympics have always held a special corner in my heart for me (he is the brand ambassador for physically challenged children in Olympics and was the torch bearer in Toronto for the winter Olympics). I owe it all to the unique design given by my architect Daniel Dressen."
What are the IOC / IAKS Award?
Every two years (since 1987), the IOC/IAKS award has been commending sports facilities of exemplary design and function. The competition is sponsored by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Lausanne and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS), Cologne.