Another two bodybuilders have fallen out of the highly anticipated 2023 Mr. Olympia competition. In posts shared via Instagram on October 22-23 2023, Mazin Salim AlRahbi and Classic Physique’s Hassan Alibrahim confirmed they are both going to miss the biggest show of the year but for different reasons.
The nearing 2023 Mr. Olympia contest takes place from November 2-5 in Orlando, Florida with fans excited to witness the world’s greatest bodybuilders going head to head for supremacy. Qualifying for the prestigious competition is a challenging task and most athletes figure once that’s done, competing is a foregone conclusion, however, that’s not always the case.
This is something Nathan De Asha became familiar with over last weekend. The recent 2023 Flex Weekend Pro and Sheru Classic France Pro winner flew to Florida two weeks before his date with Olympia. Despite the momentum he earned, customs turned De Asha down due to immigration/visa complications. Now, Hassan Alibrahim is sitting in the same boat as De Asha, looking at Olympia from the sidelines.
Hassan Alibrahim Out of 2023 Mr. Olympia Due to Visa Issues
Another one bites the dust… Alibrahim, a Syrian native, confirmed he won’t be in attendance at the ‘Super Bowl’ of bodybuilding in two weeks due to visa issues.
Mazin Salim AlRahbi Out of 2023 Mr. Olympia, Reacts to 1-Year Suspension: “See You in 2024!! Maybe”
For Mazin Salim AlRahbi, it’s an entirely different situation. Having served as a guest poser at a show in a rival promotion, AlRahbi revealed a ‘final decision’ was made by the IFBB Pro League regarding his career’s future. According to the 2023 Dubai Pro 212 winner, he won’t see a stage for an entire year now.
The esteemed Men’s 212 Bodybuilder reacted to the unfortunate news via Instagram.
“See you in 2024 !! Maybe …” AlRahbi wrote.
Believe it or not, this isn’t the first time that a bodybuilder has run into this predicament. Lee Priest, the original giant killer, suffered a similar fate years ago. While maintaining his status as a Men’s Open star, Priest competed in a show outside of the IFBB Pro League, hosted by Wayne DeMilia two weeks before the Olympia.
As a result of his decision, the IFBB Pro League banned Priest for one year. After arguing with the arbiters about the suspension, they decided to ban Priest for life, which he’s talked about in detail.
With Mazin Salim AlRahbi out of the picture, that’s one less threat for the reigning two-time 212 Olympia Shaun Clarida to worry about. Even though AlRahbi won’t be a part of the marquee event, a number of threats have asserted themselves as contenders such as Keone Pearson and Angel Calderon Frias.
Despite a number of unforeseen dropouts, 2023 Mr. Olympia still promises to be the most captivating and unpredictable bodybuilding event of the year. You don’t want to miss the action, so keep it locked on Fitness Volt for the predictions, breakdowns, results, and more!