(L-R) Yusdi Saidi, Pg Selamat Pg Zulkiflee and manager Harun Hj Ahmad posing before their departure at the Brunei International Airport yesterday. Picture: BT/Azri Metussin
A LOCAL bodybuilder is set to compete in the 2015 International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB) Olympia Amateur Asia Championship in Hong Kong today.
Sultanate's only representative, Pg Selamat Pg Zulkiflee, took off along with two officials from the Brunei International Airport yesterday. He will be flexing his muscles in the Up to & including 70 kg Category at the Kowloon Bay International Trade and Exhibition Centre, Star Hall, from November 23 to 25.
Pg Selamat - who trained at the TruFitness Gym at Kg Beribi, Gadong - had his biggest achievement in bodybuilding this year when he the won bronze medal in the Men's up to 70kg Category in the 49th Asian Federation Body Building and Fitness in Fukuoka, Japan last June.
A total of 19 countries from all over Asia including Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, China, Taipei, Hong Kong and Mongolia are participating in the event. Talking to The Brunei Times, the manager and coach Harun Hj Ahmad said that they are hoping for improvement.
"It will be a tight event with a lot of strong contenders coming from different countries," said the manager. "But we will do our best and hopefully we can do better than our the last championship in Japan, but if he can win it will be a bonus.
"Pg Selamat has been preparing really well for this competition ever since his last competition, and hopefully he will get what he deserves. "We would also like our families, friends and relatives to pray for our success during the event," added Harun.
Harun is also the owner of the Harun's Gym and TruFitness. According to the official website of the championship, overall winner of the category will be eligible to apply for the IFBB PRO Card which will turn the winner into a professional bodybuilder.
The bodybuilding competition is organised by the Hong Kong Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness - set to be joined by all Asian Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (AFBF) affiliated countries, Middle East and United Kingdom, according to the imformation from the site .
The event is a prestigious IFBB international one, an amateur version of the renowned Mr Olympia Pro competition, started by bodybuilding pioneer and promoter Joe Weider in 1965.