Bodybuilder banned for life

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:55, Mar 18,2017


A file picture taken on January 2017 shows Bangladesh bodybuilder Hasib Mohammad poses on the podium after winning gold medal in the Asian Muscle War Tournament in Singapore. — Courtesy photo

Bangladesh Bodybuilding Federation imposed a life ban on gold-medal winning bodybuilder Hasib Mohammad for taking part in an unauthorised competition in Singapore in January this year, officials said on Saturday.
Hasib took part in the Asian Muscle War Tournament, which is a World Fitness Federation affiliated tournament, and won the gold medal in the junior open weight category beating Indonesian and Thai counterparts.
However, the success turned into a nightmare for the 23-year-old former national champion after the game’s governing body of the country found him flouting the rules.
BBF general secretary Nazrul Islam said that they banned Hasib as International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness didn’t approve the tournament.
‘Hasib took part in the competition without taking our consent,’ Nazrul told New Age on Saturday, adding that the decision to ban him for life was taken on March 13.
‘He broke the rules by competing in an unauthorised tournament and also tried to influence other bodybuilders to take part in the tournament, which was why we had to ban him for life.’
Hasib, who became Mr. Bangladesh in 2015, claimed he didn’t violate any rules and became a victim of ugly politics.
‘The federation didn’t issue any show-cause letter to me before taking such a decision,’ said Hasib.
‘Considering my bright career I took part in the WFF affiliated competition which is totally different from the IFBB affiliated competition.
‘I was the first man from our country who won a gold medal at international arena.
‘Actually I became a victim of ugly sports politics. They did it because I am not only a bodybuilder but also a councilor of the federation.
‘I have two votes in my hand and to ensure the votes from my associations they suspended me,’ he said.

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