Kur­dish ath­lete par­tic­i­pates at World Body­build­ing cham­pi­onship

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

The Kur­dish body­builder from Zakho town, Nazeer Ali Abdi, is cur­rently un­der­go­ing in­ten­sive train­ing ses­sions pre­par­ing for the World Body­build­ing cham­pi­onship which is planned to be held in Greece in June.

The Kur­dish body­builder from Zakho town, Nazeer Ali Abdi, is cur­rently un­der­go­ing in­ten­sive train­ing ses­sions pre­par­ing for the World Body­build­ing cham­pi­onship which is planned to be held in Greece in June.

“I was selected to take part at the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter I was placed first at the Kur­dis­tan Body­build­ing cham­pi­onship. What I in­tend is to go to Greece and get a good re­sult in or­der to raise Kur­dish flag,” said Abdi

Abdi said he has to pre­pare well as he known he will have many ri­vals due to par­tic­i­pat­ing strong com­peti­tors from other coun­tries.

He also paid his trib­ute to Zakho Sports club for sup­port­ing him. He hoped ev­ery­body will morally sup­port him in or- der he can ob­tain a food re­sult at the tour­na­ment.

Kur­dish men's grow­ing pre­oc­cu­pa­tion with phys­i­cal fit­ness and body­build­ing is fuel­ing an ex­plo­sion of gyms in the re­gion, from gleam­ing, state-ofthe-art health cen­ters to clunky, al­ley­way weight rooms.

Just two decades ago there were only three gyms in the re­gion. To­day, by most es­ti­mates, there are at least 200 and the man­agers of the big­gest ones in Er­bil and Suleimaniya say their mem­ber­ships have soared by more than 70 per cent in the last three years.

Kur­dish body­builder, Sar­dar Is­mael par­tic­i­pated at the 2012 Men's World Am­a­teur Body­build­ing Cham­pi­onship which was or­ga­nized by The World Am­a­teur Body Build­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (WABBA). He se­cured first place in the Small Men Cat­e­gory and won a gold medal in the cham­pi­onship. Ex­hil­a­rat­ing the Iraqi and Kur­dish people, Ismail was selected by the or­ga­niz­ers as the over­all win­ner of the cham­pi­onship.

Last year, an­other Kur­dish ath­lete, Nazar Ah­mad Hus­sein took part in the 2013 Men's World Am­a­teur Body­build­ing Cham­pi­onships. He se­cured first place in the Small Men Cat­e­gory and took a gold medal at the Cham­pi­onships. To the great joy of the Kur­dish people, Hus­sein was also selected by the or­ga­niz­ers as the Cham­pi­onships’ over­all win­ner.

Kur­dish Body­builder, Nazeer Ali Abdi

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