Iran’s Mahdi Sabzevari titled Mr. Asian 2016
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.