Kur­dish Rambo wins gold medal in WABBA Uni­verse

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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.

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