Sunday, February 25, 2018

Khan, Raymond for Sportworld Classic


POSEDOWN: British Pakistini bodybuilder Zach Khan, above and Mr New York Jose Raymond.

Mark Fraser

The 2014 version of Trinidad and Tobago’s Sportworld Classic body-building competition will feature both American Jose Raymond and Briton Zach Khan are featured guest-posers. 

The premier local competition takes place July 11 from 6.30 p.m. at the Centre of Excellence, Macoya. 

Organised annually by former T&T and CAC champion Lawrence “The Beast” Marshall, the 2014 Classic offers some $30,000 in cash prizes. Competition will be held in the lightweight, middleweight, light-heavyweight and heavyweight body-building classes. 

There wil also be men’s physique and women’s figure competitions. This year’s, Sportworld Classic introduces the women’s bikini and men’s physique competitions, which have become very popular in other local competitions.

Both guest-posers are professional body-builders. Khan, 34, is a British Pakistini muslim body-builder who has several times placed highly in the IFBB UK British Championships, which he won in 2009. 

Khan is a monster of a man, his off season weight is around 310 lbs, with a 61” chest, 34” waist, 32” thighs and 22” calves. His goal is to soon be in the top ten at the Olympia. 

Meanwhile, Raymond, 40, is from Massachusetts, USA. The  IFBB Professional Bodybuilder and personal trainer was a former amateur body-builder who qualified four times for IFBB Pro status before accepting his pro card in 2009. 

As an amateur, he remains the only bodybuilder in history to win the US’s nationals at three different weight classes, light, welter, and middleweight. He was also the first welterweight to win the overall Mr USA title which qualifies American bodybuilders for the pro ranks. 

Last year, Raymond won both the 2013 IFBB Toronto Pro Supershow and the IFBB New York Pro, and also began 2014 with victory in the 2014 IFBB New Zealand Pro.