LONDON: French-Algerian bodybuilder Youcef Djoudi dedicated his latest triumph in the Europa Pro Championship 2020 to his homeland and the wider Arab world.
Djoudi, who lives in France and was competing as a representative of France, is originally from Biskra province in Algeria.
He claimed first place in the Men’s Physique Award at the event in Las Vegas last week, which also won him a place at the prestigious Mr. Olympia event due to be held later this year in December.
“First place…this is for all of you, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Mauritania, Egypt and all Arab countries from the Middle East to North Africa,” Djoudi said in a video posted to his social media channels after the win.
“We won't go (to Olympia) to lose but to be in the top three, and even win first place.
“I was able to get the qualification for Algeria, it took 30 years for Algeria to get it, this a gift to you all.
“This Youcef has never failed and praise be to God. I have tried very hard for this and I attained it, I am a positive person, this is a life lesson,” he added.
Djoudi beat out Riccardo Croci of Italy (second place) and fellow French competitor Dias Lubamba (third place) to the top spot in the Men’s Physique category.
With many bodybuilding events cancelled this year due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Europa Pro Championship was one of the last chances for bodybuilders to earn a spot at the Mr. Olympia event in Las Vegas.