Malaysia's eight-time Mr Universe Sazali Samad, seen here in action at the Myanmar SEA Games last year, is hoping to do the double of retaining his world crown and winning the Mr Asia title this year.
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Nine-time world bodybuilding champion Sazali Samad is confident of completing a double by winning the Mr Asia and Mr Universe titles this year.
The 47-year-old police officer said his hunger for titles remains, despite having won Mr Asia eight times and Mr Universe nine times.
The Mr Asia 2014 championships will be held in Macau in June while the Mr Universe championships will be in Mumbai, India, in November.
“Competition has been stiff since I won the first Mr Asia title in 1996. I see the Iranians as my main threat. Apart from them, there are also strong contestants from Iraq, Vietnam and India,” he said on Monday.
Currently, his main target is to reduce his body weight from 79kg to 75kg, as he will be competing in the 75kg category.
“With the formula and routine set by my coach Milos Sarcev, I hope to reduce my weight to 75kg. I have also sought the assistance of a dietitian from the National Sports Council (NSC) and treatment from the National Sports Institute (NSI),” he said.
Sazali won the Mr Asia title in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2012.
He was first crowned Mr Universe in Malacca in 2000, followed by 2004 (Moscow), 2006 (Ostrava, Czech Republic), 2007 (Jeju, South Korea), 2009 (Dubai), 2010 (Varanasi, India), 2011 (Malacca), 2012 (Bangkok) and 2013 (Budaors, Hungary).