Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, hosted the Asian Bodybuilding and Fitness Championship. About 170 athletes from all countries of the region took part in the competition.
Vepa Nurnazarov, bodybuilder from Turkmenistan, took the first place in 60 kg weight category, Begench Berdynazarov took the second place in the “athlete-physicist” discipline up to 170 cm, Nazar Karayev and Gennadiy Amelin were awarded third place in men’s bodybuilding up to 100 kg and above.
Irada Abbasova received the silver medal in female’s bodybuilding in the category “athlete-physicist” over 170 cm.
ORIENT talked with Vepa Nurnazarov, one of the winners of the competition, who already the four-time champion of Central Asia in bodybuilding.
His first competitions at the international level were the Championship of Central Asia and Kazakhstan in Almaty in 2014, where Vepa won the gold medal. Two years later, the bodybuilder repeated his success in the Kazakh city of Aktau. The athlete received the third gold award last year in the city of Aktobe.
– I began to get involved in bodybuilding by accident. Once in Internet I saw pictures of the winners of the Asian Championship in Bodybuilding in up to 55 kg weight category. It seemed to me that I could reach their level too, if I worked on myself.
Before being bodybuilder, Vepa was power-lifter.
– At first I was engaged in sports just for myself, and after a while I began to exceed the capabilities of an ordinary sport fun. Noticing this, my first coach, Vyacheslav Kafarov, invited me to take part at the Powerlifting Championship of Turkmenistan, – he says.
– The second place in this championship inspired me and I began to prepare myself for more large-scale tournaments,– Vepa shares.
In his power-lifting career, from 2007 to 2009, Vepa Nurnazarov has gone a long way from the champion and holder of the Cup of Turkmenistan to the European and World Champion and five-time world record holder under the version of the World Drug Free Power-Lifting Federation (WDFPF). He is three-time champion of Turkmenistan in powerlifting. At the Open Championship of Europe in individual exercises in the French town of Borbon-Lancy he won three gold medals in up to 52 kg weight category, and also set world record and became the absolute winner in this kind of exercises. Vepa is a five-time World Powerlifting Champion.
In the future, the bodybuilder plans to perform at the World Bodybuilding Championship in 2020, which will be held in Almaty.
– I admirer of an aesthetic physique in bodybuilding and make focus on symmetry and proportion. Therefore, my idols are the famous king of aesthetics Frank Zane, three-time Mr. Olympia, and Danny Padilla,” says Vepa.