Courtesy of Evogen
Courtesy of Evogen
Update, as confirmed on the Facebook page of Mr. Olympia:
The Iranian Bodybuilding Sensation [Hadi Choopan] has arrived in the US to prepare for the largest bodybuilding event To complete the competition. It is not yet known if he will fight for the title 21
addresses what many call the most anticipated event in its 55-year history. With a focus on a number of changes and expansions, the organizers of Olympia have begun an initiative to bring one of the world's best bodybuilding talents to the US in mid-September to win the Mr. Olympia title to fight .
Hadi Choopan, an Iranian sensation for professional bodybuilding, has been called a genetic miracle praised by bodybuilding insiders and fans around the world. Unfortunately, for the man known as "The Persian Wolf," his hitherto toughest opponent was a US travel ban for visitors from his homeland.
In the fall of 2017, President Trump banned the issuance of travel visas for Iranian nationals. This ban was challenged before the federal courts, but on June 26, 2018, the US Supreme Court upheld the visa ban and left the former Thai kickboxer wondering if he could ever compete for the most prestigious title in professional bodybuilding.
Dan Solomon, Chief Olympic Officer, adds, "The Mr. Olympia competition was created to bring together the best in the world every year and to fight for the most coveted title in bodybuilding. As we work to expand the event in every way, this fundamental goal remains a priority.
While the current travel ban proves too much to overcome, Evogen Nutrition, the US-based Choopan sponsor, is working with Olympic organizers to help ease the bodybuilder's participation in the event. Muscle & Fitness will continue to follow this evolving story.
The Olympia Weekend will take place from 12 to 15 September in Las Vegas. Tickets and event information can be found at MrOlympia.com.