Iran’s Mahdi Sabze­vari ti­tled Mr. Asian 2016

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Ira­nian Mahdi Sabze­vari, 34, was ti­tled Mr. Asia at the 50th Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship 2016.

Mahdi Sabze­vari had been prepar­ing for the com­pe­ti­tion for the last 15 years. He said he was thrilled to win the ti­tle in his first ap­pear­ance at the Asian Championship in Bhutan. He de­scribed Bhutan as a “coun­try filled with happy and sup­port­ive peo­ple.”

The cham­pion has won sev­eral bodybuilding com­pe­ti­tions in Iran and this year he took home gold medal in the 100 kilo­grams cat­e­gory.

Mahdi Sabze­vari was se­lected among the gold medal­ists in the bodybuilding cat­e­gory and he will be prepar­ing for the up­com­ing In­ter­na­tional Bodybuilding Com­pe­ti­tion to be held in Bangkok in Novem­ber.

A to­tal of 10 par­tic­i­pants com­peted for the most-awaited ti­tle.

Former Mr. Bhutan, San­gay Tsheltrim, won gold medal in men’s ath­letic physique up to 175 cm cat­e­gory and Tseten Drukpa, 33, won gold in men’s bodybuilding up to 55 kg cat­e­gory while Thin­ley Dorji, 24, bagged gold in men’s fit­ness physique over 165 cm cat­e­gory.

The fed­er­a­tion team of Bhutan lifted run­ner-up tro­phy of championship in Men’s team cat­e­gory with the to­tal of 11 medals con­sist­ing of three gold, one sil­ver and seven bronze medals.

A to­tal of 26 ath­letes, 19 men and seven women, took part in the com­pe­ti­tion from Bhutan.

The team In­dia took home the sec­ond run­nerup tro­phy while the team Iran re­ceived win­ner’s tro­phy. The win­ner’s tro­phy in women’s team was re- ceived by team Thai­land.

More than 450 in­ter­na­tional ath­letes and of­fi­cials from 28 Asian coun­tries par­tic­i­pated in the event with a max­i­mum num­ber of par­tic­i­pants from In­dia fol­lowed by Thai­land.

In the clos­ing cer­e­mony on 7 Septem­ber, Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay con­grat­u­lated all the par­tic­i­pants for at­tend­ing the Golden Ju­bilee Asian Bodybuilding Championship and Physique Sport in Bhutan.

Ly­onch­hen thanked the or­ga­nizer for bring­ing the golden ju­bilee championship cel­e­bra­tion to Bhutan dur­ing the spe­cial time in cel­e­bra­tion of the birth year of Guru Pad­masamb­hava, the 400th year of the ar­rival of Zhab­drung Ngawang Nam­gyal and the birth of the pre­cious Gyalsey.

Mean­while, Ly­onch­hen also con­grat­u­lated the pres­i­dent and the four of­fice bear­ers of Bhutan Bodybuilding Fed­er­a­tion. He said that, although the Fed­er­a­tion is the small­est and youngest, it is the most suc­cess­ful for the coun­try.

The event was an op­por­tu­nity for par­tic­i­pants to get ex­pe­ri­ence and to share their knowl­edge of dif­fer­ent cul­tural val­ues with all the par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries.

Her Royal High­ness Princess Euphelma Cho­den Wangchuck graced the open­ing cer­e­mony of the main event that be­gan on 5 Septem­ber at the Royal In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment in Thim­phu.

It was the first time Bhutan hosted a big in­ter­na­tional event after the suc­cess of SAARC Championship in 2011.

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