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    Default Arabs are taking over bodybuilding!

    Any star you see in most mags its an Arab! Do you think they will own the bodybuilding scene soon? I do

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poker face Ace View Post
    Any star you see in most mags its an Arab! Do you think they will own the bodybuilding scene soon? I do

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poker face Ace View Post
    Any star you see in most mags its an Arab! Do you think they will own the bodybuilding scene soon? I do
    Nasser El Sonbaty much? Samir Bannout? Mohamed Makkawy? Mohammed Benaziza? It's not like yesteryear was lacking in bodybuilders from the Arab world.

    Fouad Abiad was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and is of Lebanese heritage.

    Mamdouh 'Big Ramy' Elssbiay is an Egyptian-born Kuwaiti.

    Who else? I'm sure it's not a short list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt James View Post
    Nasser El Sonbaty much? Samir Bannout? Mohamed Makkawy? Mohammed Benaziza? It's not like yesteryear was lacking in bodybuilders from the Arab world.

    Fouad Abiad was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and is of Lebanese heritage.
    PFA, with his Kindle can only remember so much so far back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac View Post
    PFA, with his Kindle can only remember so much so far back.
    I hesitate to pick on anyone's memory. Lean pretty heavily on Google myself, but I dooooo remember, oh, SOMEONE FROM LEBANON WAS MR. OLYMPIA! lol

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    Agreed. Also, arabs, at least most top pros put bodybuilding on the map imo lets not forget

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    People from the Levant, Egypt and Persia are not Arab. FYI

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poker face Ace View Post
    Agreed. Also, arabs, at least most top pros put bodybuilding on the map imo lets not forget
    An Austrian put bodybuilding on the map.

    There's a strong argument for a Cuban as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UKwildcat View Post
    People from the Levant, Egypt and Persia are not Arab. FYI
    "The Arab World consists of 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa: Algeria, Bahrain, the Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen."
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    Did Egypt opt out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt James View Post
    "The Arab World consists of 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa: Algeria, Bahrain, the Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen."
    Nov 29, 2009, www.adc.org

    Did Egypt opt out?
    I'll give you that one although do know one Egyptian who does not want to be Called Arab.

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    My favorite Arab bodybuilder ! Ahmad Haidar ….

    Just Imagine this man making down to 212. Almost unbeatable IMO. (Yeaah Maybe Lee Priest and Shawn Ray, I know)
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    David Cua also called Donald Pump known for "making bodybuilding great again" !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt James View Post
    Nasser El Sonbaty much? Samir Bannout? Mohamed Makkawy? Mohammed Benaziza? It's not like yesteryear was lacking in bodybuilders from the Arab world.

    Fouad Abiad was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and is of Lebanese heritage.

    Mamdouh 'Big Ramy' Elssbiay is an Egyptian-born Kuwaiti.

    Who else? I'm sure it's not a short list.
    A lot of this is true. I reminded of a photo or two in the Pumping Iron book (which is from when - 1975?).

    What might be true is, for now while there's still oil, they have the money that, if they wanted to, they could dominate bodybuilding in terms of shows and prize money. All it'd take is one prince / sheikh to show an interest with their pocket money and boom. It nearly happened with the NABBA Mr U back in the day with John Paul Getty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UKwildcat View Post
    People from the Levant, Egypt and Persia are not Arab. FYI
    Point to Persia on a up-to-date map. It USED to exist as a place. Wiki suggests it's mostly an Iranian race (spread over 4 countries now inc Turkey).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobster View Post
    Point to Persia on a up-to-date map. It USED to exist as a place. Wiki suggests it's mostly an Iranian race (spread over 4 countries now inc Turkey).
    That's why I said Persia. I assumed most people have some knowledge of history and geography like you do.

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    Yet they speak Arabic. And if you ask where are you from their response is "middle east"
    Quote Originally Posted by UKwildcat View Post
    People from the Levant, Egypt and Persia are not Arab. FYI

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