TRIPOLI, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- The second annual Ashoor Classic bodybuilding competition kicked off in Libya's capital Tripoli, with participation of bodybuilders from 17 different countries and regions.
"The competition was organized at a professionally high level. We try every time to gain experience from previous tournaments. We are still trying to send out a message to the world that we can organize even better competitions than these, hopefully," organizer Mohamed Ashoor said.
"The organization was very successful. Thankfully, we managed to receive a professional card thanks to the coaches and the competition organizers," bodybuilder Hamed Abu-Bakr told Xinhua.
Serj Sarikan, a judge at the tournament, commended the high level of competition among the athletes: "There is a great number of athletes and big improvement. Everybody is in shape."
The first place winner at the Ashoor Classic bodybuilding competition will qualify for the upcoming Mr. Olympia competition in Las Vegas, the United States in December.