“That’s a Crying Shame”: Bodybuilding World Raging in Disgust as Visa Problems Still Continue for Iranian Bodybuilder Despite Days Left for Mr. Olympia 2023

Mr. Olympia, the most prestigious competition in the realm of bodybuilding, will take place in a few weeks. Every qualified bodybuilder is preparing to show their best at the major event. However, there’s one bodybuilder who, despite getting his Pro Card and being eligible to compete in this contest, has no certainty of his participation due to a visa issue. Behrouz Tabani, the Iranian bodybuilder, is struggling to get his visa appointment.

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Tabani’s mentor Serbian Bodybuilder and IFBB coach Milos Sarcev frequently posts pictures and videos of the bodybuilder to get support from social media. Trying to garner public support in the hope that he might get the appointment.

Sarcev posts about Behrouz Tabani and his troubles 


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Sarcev’s latest post on Instagram showcased Tabani’s progress. He’s been working out and practicing poses. The issue with his visa is not new. He had to go through the same situation in 2022 before the Olympia, and now it is happening again.


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The Serbian bodybuilder’s caption read “@behrouz_tabani diligently preparing for the 2023 Mr Olympia – still praying that he will be granted a visa to enter the USA and compete at the Mr Olympia. He earned his right to compete and better his living by entering the most prestigious contest! I hope the Universe does the right thing.” This is his third post specifying the situation with Tabani. He has been expecting a stroke of luck to happen this year, granting one of the most exceptional bodybuilders of the modern era to participate in the extraordinary competition.

In his previous post, Sarcev said that the US Embassy had not provided Tabani an appointment for the visa yet. Last year, after getting an invitation to the prestigious event, he was informed that he would get a response in a month, but that didn’t happen. This year, however, his fans have started bashing the government for this.


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Fans advise Tabani to try illegal means to enter Mr. O

There are multiple comments to Sarcev’s post that suggest that Tabani should change his approach. One wrote, “That’s a crying shame 12,000 a day come through our southern border illegally and one man trying to do it right can’t!” Another idea from a user was that “The Olympia should be held outside the USA.”

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Fans maintained that he should compete, some showing concern over his situation and saying, “Seems unlikely at this point if there isn’t even an appointment scheduled yet. Horrible position to be in.” One person wrote, “Love how he’s still prepping without even knowing if he’ll make it. I hope we get to see this incredible physique at the Olympia this year.” Another user hoped that he would get the chance to make his country proud, “I hope that the visa will reach him on time and he will make Iran proud.” 


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What do you think of Tabani’s bizarre situation? Will he get his visa on time or will there be a repeat of the last year? Let us know your thoughts on the predicament.

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