By Houda Mzioudet and Aimen Eljali.
Tripoli 21 October 2013:
Libya has won seven gold medals and the title “Champion of Champions” at . . .[restrict]the 30th Mediterranean Body Building and Fitness Championships in Corsica, according to the Libya news agency LANA. It also won one silver and one bronze.
Eleven Libyans took part in the tournament which began on Friday and ended today.
Among the medallists are:
- Abdelrauf Ben Shaaban, gold, weight of 75 kg
- Salah Al-Daili, gold, weight 65, kg
- Omar Miludi, gold, weight 80 kg, top
- Kamal Al-Garguni, gold, weight 90 kg, Masters
- Rashid Abugrain, gold, weight of 100 kg, senior
- Faraj Fazzani, silver, weight of 80 kg, top
Aymen Werfalli, a Tripoli-based aerobics and fitness instructor and former body builder expressed his delight at the performance of Libyan body builders, stressing to the Libya Herald, Libya’s long tradition in the sport.
“It is the only sport where Libyans excel over other Arabs,” he added. With Salah Abu Fannas from Misrata recently crowned world champion in body building, Libya was certain to be in the top three in the World Championships’ Masters, Werfalli stressed.
There are over 100 aerobics, fitness and body building gyms in Tripoli alone as well as many world-class professional trainers, Werfalli noted, and the sport has been recognised by the Libyan Ministry of Youth and Sports. The Libyan Union of Body Building was set up after the revolution.
The Libyan team will participate from 4 to 8 November, 2013 in the World Body Building Championship which will be held in Marrakesh, Morocco.