“I’m Still Crashed for Him”: With Only 20 Days Left for Mr. Olympia, IFBB Coach Saddened Over Iranian Bodybuilder Still Unsure of Making It Due to Visa Problems

The bodybuilding world is growing more and more concerned as athletes withdraw their names from Mr. Olympia because of health issues. However, there’s one athlete who has been waiting for over a year to get his visa approved so that he can perform on the most prestigious state of bodybuilding.

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The Iranian Bodybuilder, Behrouz Tabani, despite earning a Pro Card with his amazing talent, might be unable to participate in the upcoming Mr. Olympia competitions. He’s been facing this issue since 2022. IFBB pro coach Milos Sarcev has been vocal about the issue. Let’s dig deeper into this matter and understand what’s standing in the way of Tabani and the coveted stage.

Milos Sarcev disheartened because of Behrouz Tabani’s visa problem


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On the latest episode of Cutler Cast podcast, bodybuilding GOAT Jay Culter, Sarcev, and Manager Matt shed light on various topics related to the athletes and their progress for the upcoming event. While discussing their growth, Matt asked Sarcev about his student and a friend’s visa status.

With a heavy heart, the Serbian bodybuilder responded to this question, “Still hoping I don’t know you know, it’s like, uh, I’m crashed for him.” Despite having the zeal and the potential to be a contender, he has to wait. Sarcev continued and added, “he applied for a Visa in Dubai in the American Embassy before last year’s Olympia. They still didn’t uh answer him, they didn’t deny him or approve him and he cannot uh apply again until this was solved.

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The 59-year-old further mentioned that they were seeking help from some senators, but to no avail as of yet. He described the amount one can take when they win Olympia – around $400,000. Such an amount could really change someone’s life. But Tabani might not have a chance to even take his shot.

Candidates from other countries are facing the same issue

Pushing away such talent disheartened Sarcev. He’s still hoping Tabani gets his Visa on time. The manager added an interesting fact that the same thing happened to the reigning champion in the Open Division, Hadi Choopan. It took him three to four years to compete in his first Olympia in 2019.


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The athletes who are not from the USA find it quite difficult to get visas on time. Milos, however, being a good friend, frequently addresses the issues Tabani’s facing. On his social media accounts, he also dedicated a lot of posts to support Behrouz.

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