The Egyptian champion, Mohamed Shaaban, who won the tenth place in the “Mr. Olympia” bodybuilding championship, expressed his great happiness for being able to win an advanced position in the championship and to be crowned among the top ten in the world for bodybuilding, through an interview with Youm7 TV.
Mohamed Shaaban, son of Dakahlia Governorate, congratulated the hero Ramy Al-Sibai, known as “Big Ramy”, for achieving the world championship title, for the second year in a row, in the competition held in Florida, USA..
And he said: “Congratulations to us, and we were able to achieve a need that rejoices our loved ones, and congratulations to Ramy for winning, and thank God we were able to achieve a good position in the tournament and raise the name of Egypt to the top. I am proud of what I achieved and, God willing, next year I promise you need better and better, and I will be among the top five, I dedicate the victory to my country and my family in Egypt, and may God keep us happy, O Lord“.
He added that he was able to qualify for Mr. Olympia 2021 after his success in participating in four tournaments this year, in which he achieved great success, during which he succeeded in collecting the total points that he qualified for Mr. Olympia, the first of which are the “California Pro” and “Yamamoto Puerto Rico Pro” championships, in which he won the position The second, and they were the reason for his increase in fame in the United States of America, and then his participation in the “Chicago Pro Championship”, in which he ranked fourth, and ranked fifth in the “Tampa Pro” Championship, to win first place in the best thirds in the number of points with 19 Point, adding that he managed to achieve his goal of qualifying for the Mr. Olympia Championship and to be in the top ten.
He added that he was able to achieve an advanced position after participating in the tournament for his second year, noting that he had qualified for the Mr. Olympia Championship in 2019, and he was the only Arab participating in the open weight in Mr. Olympa at that time, after winning the Portuguese Professional Championship, but luck was not on his side. After he fell ill hours before the start of the competition, and despite occupying a late position at the time, his insistence on excelling, succeeding and his dream of obtaining the title was the reason for him to continue his hard training to participate in this year’s championship, to participate with Big Ramy, the defending champion, and his teammate, Hassan. Mostafa, who came in thirteenth place, to achieve with their superiority a historic achievement for Egypt.
He pointed out that reaching and qualifying for a major tournament, such as the Mr. Olympia tournament, requires great effort and participation in a large number of professional tournaments, adding that although he did not get first place in the four qualifying tournaments, he was able to reap the largest number of points and this is what qualified him to participate in Mr. ompia.
He said that the qualification of the champion Ramy Al-Sibei for the Mr. Olympia Championship in 2013 was the energy of light and hope for the Egyptians, that nothing is impossible and that they are able to qualify for world championships and achieve advanced positions in them, noting that the Mr. Olympia Championship was a difficult dream to reach, and Ramy qualified as the first Egyptian to participate. In that tournament, he opened the way for the Egyptian champions to participate in it, as Mohamed managed to qualify for the tournament in 2019 and won the 13th place, and then the Corona pandemic prevented him from participating in the tournament in 2020, until he was able to participate in the tournament for his second year and ranked tenth and be among the best Ten players in the world for professional bodybuilding for the year 2021.
And about the beginning of his journey in bodybuilding, he said, “I did not know anything about the game, and I began to practice sports very late from the age of 28, and I had to set goals for myself to achieve. I was a simple carpenter and my friend was the reason I entered the world of bodybuilding.” He struggled from an early period of his life in various professions, and he mastered the profession of carpentry, and continued to practice it until 2014, when he met a friend who was doing some carpentry work for him, who encouraged him to enter the world of bodybuilding and kept insisting on him until he convinced him of the idea, and from that moment he started practicing The hard exercises, and he traveled to Kuwait to work as a trainer in a gym there, but life was not as easy as he expected, so he resorted to working in carpentry beside his work as a trainer in the gym, to be able to meet the high costs required by this sport, in terms of intensive nutrition, equipment and training requirements, pointing to He worked as a carpenter in the morning and a sports coach in the evening, and he used to spend everything he earned from his hard work on his hobby and his family in Egypt. Professionalism, and with his participation In Mr. Olympia 2019, he moved to live in California, USA, and succeeded in launching his own project, where he opened a company to make cookies and has many supporters and financiers inside and outside Egypt, and today he is one of the best bodybuilders in the world.
He indicated that he belongs to a simple family from the depths of the Egyptian countryside, and he suffered a lot before achieving fame, but his constant dream of success and reaching the top was an incentive for him to overcome any obstacles that might stand in the way of achieving his dreams, noting that he fought his health conditions since childhood, where he suffered from a disease. Bean anemia since he was two years old, and then he developed a nerve focus in the brain that affected his health for a long time until he recovered from it in 2015, and then he developed diabetes in 2016 and recovered from it in 2018, adding that his will was stronger than any difficulties and his dream. In success, he crossed all barriers, and over the course of 5 years of hard training, he was able to make a name for himself in the world of bodybuilding, stressing that every person has a story, and every player is the hero of his story.
He added that his family rejected his decision to close the carpentry workshop and enter the world of bodybuilding out of their fear for him, but his father was the only person who believed in his dreams and told him, “I have nothing to do, and if I want to sell my clothes and make your dream come true, I will do that .. The important thing is that you fail and succeed,” noting that his father Who taught him the meaning of success and pushed him to crack the rock to achieve his dream of success.
And about the most difficult moments of his life, he said that he suffered for a long period of mental illness at the age of 15, to the extent that he lost his eligibility, and was unable to lead a normal life, so his family constantly supported him and his friend helped him reach school, indicating that he was not aware of any Something and he remained dependent on medicines until 2016, and with his strong will, he overcame the disease and defeated everyone who frustrated him and told him one day you will not reach and will not succeed, and you will not achieve anything, and he continued that a person to succeed must suffer until he feels the value of success, if life was easy, everyone would be Heroes, success needs sacrifice, so that we can preserve it when we achieve it.
He pointed out that three weeks before the start of the Mr. Olympia championship, he suffered a serious shoulder injury and insisted on completing the championship and continuing the exercises despite his suffering from severe pain, adding that he was presenting in the championship while he was injured, palliative for his pain with some painkillers..
He added that his friend asked him before the show about the possibility of continuing the competition in light of the injury, and his response to him at the time was: “If I die, he will go to the stage. I am tired to be here.”“.
Muhammad advised young people to strive and try in life over and over again until they achieve their goals and reach their dreams. And that the only person who can fail man is his weak and hopeless self. Every person is responsible for what he does, what he has achieved and what he will reach in the future..