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The Item: IFBB Pro Athlete Update, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Just Reported: IFBB Pro Bodybuilder El Sonbaty passed away at 47. (October 17, 1965 - March 20, 2013)
The "So What?":
  Born in Germany, of Egyptian and Serbian heritage, Nasser El Sonbaty was a University of Augsburg graduate with a degree in history, political science and sociology. He began competing in 1985, debuting at the Junior State Championships in Germany, finishing in 6th place.  Over the course of his competitive bodybuilding career, El Sonbaty competed in 13 amateur contests and 53 IFBB Pro League contests. Of the 10 consecutive IFBB Mr. Olympia contests for which he qualified, IFBB Pro Nasser El Sonbaty entered nine Olympias, placing as high as 2nd runner-up in 1997. He won the IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships in 1999. The multilingual, bespectacled athlete, also known as simply "Huge Nasser," sometimes tipped the scales at 300+ pounds in the off-season.

Contest History:
1990 Grand Prix Finland (8th)
1990 Grand Prix France (7th)
1990 Grand Prix Holland (8th)
1991 Night of Champions
1992 Chicago Pro Invitational (19th)
1992 Night of Champions
1993 Grand Prix France (3rd)
1993 Grand Prix Germany (3rd)
1994 Grand Prix France (4th)
1994 Grand Prix Germany (4th)
1994 Night of Champions (2nd)
1994 IFBB Mr. Olympia (7th)
1995 Grand Prix England (4th)
1995 Grand Prix France (3rd)
1995 Grand Prix Germany (3rd)
1995 Grand Prix Russia (3rd)
1995 Grand Prix Spain (3rd)
1995 Grand Prix Ukraine (2nd)
1995 Houston Pro Invitational (1st)
1995 Night of Champions (1st)
1995 IFBB Mr. Olympia (3rd)
1996 Grand Prix Czech Republic (1st)
1996 Grand Prix England (2nd)
1996 Grand Prix Germany (2nd)
1996 Grand Prix Russia (1st)
1996 Grand Prix Spain (3r)
1996 Grand Prix Switzerland (1st)
1996 IFBB Mr. Olympia (3rd) 
1997 Arnold Classic (2nd)
1997 Grand Prix Czech Republic (3rd)
1997 Grand Prix England (3rd)
1997 Grand Prix Finland (4th)
1997 Grand Prix Germany (2nd)
1997 Grand Prix Hungary (2nd)
1997 Grand Prix Russia (3rd)
1997 Grand Prix Spain (2nd)
1997 IFBB Mr. Olympia (2nd)
1997 San Jose Pro Invitational (2nd)
1998 IFBB Arnold Classic (2nd)
1998 Grand Prix Finland (3rd)
1998 Grand Prix Germany (3rd)
1998 IFBB Mr. Olympia (3rd)
1999 IFBB Arnold Classic (1st)
1999 Grand Prix England (6th)
1999 IFBB Mr. Olympia (6th)
1999 World Pro Championships (6th)
2000 IFBB Mr. Olympia (5th)
2001 IFBB Mr. Olympia (9th)
2002 IFBB Arnold Classic (10th)
2002 IFBB Mr. Olympia (15th)
2004 Night of Champions (15th)
2004 Show of Strength Pro Championship (14th)
2005 Europa Supershow (14th)

Andrew Oye's Verdict: Just three weeks ago, covering the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series, "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" reported that Nasser El Sonbaty had been invited to join all the previous Arnold Classic winners at the 2013 Arnold Sports Festival for the 25th Anniversary IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Championships. Apparently, it was the final opportunity for El Sonbaty to be honored in this fashion, after being the only past champion to skip the 20th Anniversary gathering.

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