Kurdish Rambo wins gold medal in WABBA Universe
Ahmad Majeed, known as Ahmad Rambo, secured first place in the Tall Men Category and took a gold medal at the 2014 WABBA Universe Championships.
The event was held in Helsinki last month, and athletes from 28 countries participated in the competition. A delegation headed by Ahmad Rambo from the Kurdistan Amateur Bodybuilding Association participated in the event, representing the Kurdistan Region. The gold medal was not unexpected, given that Rambo has done very well in various events in the past.
The World Amateur Body Building Association (WABBA) is a bodybuilding organization founded in 1976 by the legendary French bodybuilder Serge Nubret. The association joined the National Amateur Bodybuilders Association (NABBA) based in England in 1977, but disjoined again in 1983. WABBA holds World Championships and European Championships.
The athletes who compete within the category Men Body aren't limited by any limit of weight. The Categories are defined by the height of the competitors except for the categories Super J24 (this category is similar to the former juniors' category except for the age limit), Super Masters and Masters which are defined by the age of the athletes.
Ahmad Rambo’s began lifting weights in 1988. He didn't tell his parents who had taken a dim view of the sport, regarding it as alien to Kurdish culture and tradition. Within two years, Rambo had won gold in the Iraqi Bodybuilding Championships in the 75 kilo category.
Rambo left Iraqi Kurdistan in 1995 to escape the bitter Kurdish civil war, but continued to compete successfully in Germany. He returned in 2004, and led a group of Kurdish bodybuilders to the 2009 Asian Bodybuilding Championships in Thailand.
Winning gold medal in 2014 WABBA Universe meant a lot to Rambo, since he was away from participating in the championships for several years.