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Body builder’s big night out


Coming to Siem Reap’s Angkor Century Hotel live and free, from 5pm tomorrow night – ABBA.

Well, not Abba the Swedish band. ABBA is also an acronym for the Angkor Bodybuilding Association, which will host the second ABBA Bodybuilding Competition at the hotel tomorrow evening.

But there will be live music from the 1980s, and there will be an Apsara dancing show, plus there will be a bokator martial arts show, PLUS a lucky draw. And entrance to all will be absolutely free.

Plus of course there will be bodies. About 50 bodybuilders from across Cambodia are expected to show up and show their bods for the prejudging round of this one-day competition, leading to the winner of the Best Physique award in the final round.

During the competition, participants in different weight categories from various gyms throughout Cambodia will show off their well-sculpted muscles to choreographed routines set to 60 seconds of music.

The organisers promise that to “add glamour and glitz to the final round,” they’ll be lining up two “internationally renowned guests” in the evening.

The internationally famous sculpted bodies will be there in the form of Jonas Younes Laroussi, who finished third in the International Federation of Body Builders (IFBB) Bodybuilding Classic last year in the “European Capital of Culture” – Tallinn, Estonia.

Also starring will be Maria Ingelis Carlswärd, a competitor at the 2011 Olympia Las Vegas Flex Magazine Bikini model search.

As well as adding glitz and glamour, the international duo “will display their muscular proportions,” according to ABBA president David Oshima who added, “The competition is open to bodybuilders of all ages. The idea is to encourage more and more people to develop a healthy physique.”

A panel of five experts will be on hand to judge the muscularity and definition along with overall fitness of the competitors, according to ABBA General Secretary Rocky Lee.

“We are expecting hundreds of fans to turn up,” he added.

According to the press release, “ABBA, which was formed in June 2001 by a group of professional and amateur bodybuilders, organised its inaugural competition last December and has since initiated several related activities, such as biking and charity drives, for the benefit of the local communities in Siem Reap.”

Be there or be square.



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