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Posted in: Articles by ProSource, Gossip, Andrew Oye's Pro Muscle Report
By Andrew Oye | Apr 21, 2011

FORMER IFBB image The Item: IFBB Pro League Contest Results

The Scoop: Just Announced: Over the weekend, while IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson took the 1st place spot over IFBB Pro Ronny Rockel at the 2011 FIBO Power Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Essen, Germany, former IFBB Pro Hamdullah Aykutlu beat a field of athletes in the DBFV Olimp Challenge, the amateur bodybuilding competition at the FIBO Expo, Europe's largest expo of its kind.

The "So What?": With structure and lines reminiscent of legendary Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Frank Zane, 45-year-old Hamdullah Aykutlu is about twice the age of Alexey Lesukov, the 2nd place finisher at the German contest. Aykutlu, who hails from Turkey and is known for his ripped conditioning, earned his IFBB Pro card in 1992 and went on to compete in the 1993 Olympia. Apparently Aykutlu relinquished his pro status because he returned to competing as an amateur in 1997. Last month, Aykutlu won the Heavyweight Class at Joe Weider's Amateur Mr. Olympia, which was held in conjunction with the IFBB British Grand Prix won by IFBB Pro Branch Warren. The first Amateur Olympia overall winner Sami Al Haddad is another athlete who, thus far, has opted not to take a pro card and to remain an amateur.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: Reportedly, certain countries outside of North America treat and fund amateur bodybuilders as representatives of their nations on the competitive circuit, making it seemingly wiser to decline a pro card, which renders athletes as independents who must fend for themselves via various sponsorships and contest earnings. To drive home the irony for U.S. fans of other sports, imagine a ball player saying, "I want to turn in my uniform and leave the pros. I can get more perks and pay in the amateur ranks."

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