May 15, 2018
Asian Muscle #2: The Middle East
Searching for beefcake in the Middle East, heading west from Iran, then south:
Persian, also called Farsi, is an Indo-Iranian language, similar to Hindi, but written in the Arabic alphabet.
Turkey. Part of the Graeco-Roman world, then the Ottoman Empire that extended across Eurasia, through the Balkans, and threatened Vienna. The Turkic languages form their own family, with no grammatical connection to Arabic or the Indo-European languages.
I have a big sausage
Jn 2017, Ismail Balaban won the 656th annual Kirkpinar, the Turkish oil wrestling competition. Over 2,000 wrestlers competed.
There's still time for wrestling, boxing, swimming, and bodybuilding.
Syrian refugee Rami Anis, who now lives in Belgium, competed on the Refugee Olympic Team at the 2016 Olympics.
More after the break.
Israel. Dani Kaganovich of Beersheba won the Junior Mr. Universe title three times in a row (2007, 2008, 2009), and in 2015 won Mr. Universe.
Beirut swimming champions.
Khadir Baqlah is a Jordanian swimmer who competed in the 2016 Olympics.
Saudi bodybuilder Faisal Roomi.
Kuwaiti bodybuilder Ahmed Askar.