A member of the TRNC Weightlifting and Bodybuilding Federation (TRNC WBF), Kemal Özekmekci beat seven other competitors in the “Transformation” category of the event.
There was further success for the TRNC team when Sel Sarıtaş, who was one of 18 taking part in the Fitness Model category, came third to also win a podium place.
TRNC WBF president Ali Dahlameroğlu, who accompanied the successful sportsmen during their visit to Atlantic City, spoke of the pride felt when they hoisted a TRNC flag as they took to the podium. He said the TRNC competitors were now preparing for the 2020 WBFF World Championship in the Bahamas, which they were invited to attend.
On Monday, Economy and Energy Minister Hasan Taçoy issued a statement congratulating both competitors, saying: “You are our pride. No matter how much pride we have, it is not enough”.
Mr Taçoy expressed his confidence in their future success in the Bahamas.
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