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ONTD_Political's PotD: May 20, 2010.


Bodybuilding has grown into a very popular sport in Afghanistan in a country where men like the image of being physically strong. It is affordable for most Afghans and its popularity is growing in many provinces since the fall of the Taliban. Photos of Arnold Schwarzenegger are still hanging in many local gyms as their iconic image of a muscle bound male.

In 2002 the first bodybuilding competitions resumed after the fall of the Taliban, enabling the men to shave and wear only their competition suits. Under the Taliban, bodybuilders were not allowed to train without being fully dressed in traditional Afghan clothing and the annual Mr. Afghanistan contest was banned as sportsmen were forbidden to appear partially naked in public.

The competition, which takes place at an old cinema in the Shahr-e Naw section of Kabul, is the culmination of all body building events around the country and has a loyal all-male following.



Afghan bodybuilders compete in a regional bodybuilding competition in Kabul, Afghanistan. Bodybuilding is a very popular sport in Afghanistan in a country where men like the image of being physically strong.

(Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)



A poster of Arnold Schwarzenegger hangs next to a TV playing an Indian action movie at a gym in Kabul, Afghanistan. Bodybuilding has become so popular in Afghanistan that the former bodybuilder and movie star-turned-California governor is among the most widely recognized Westerners in Afghanistan.

(AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)



In 2002 the first bodybuilding competitions resumed after the fall of the Taliban, enabling the men to shave and wear only their competition suits. A competitor in the body building competition prepares by covering his body with tanning lotion.

(Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)



A competitor in the annual Mr. Afghanistan body building competition prepares by covering his body with tanning lotion.

(Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)



Under the Taliban, bodybuilders were not allowed to train without being fully dressed in traditional Afghan clothing and the annual Mr. Afghanistan contest was banned as sportsmen were forbidden to appear partially naked in public.

(Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)



Bodybuilding is affordable for most Afghans and it's popularity is growing in many provinces since the fall of the Taliban.

(Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)



The crowd cheers on bodybuilders during a recent competition. The competitions are the culmination of all body building events around the country and has a loyal all-male following.

(Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)



Photos of Arnold Schwarzenegger are still hanging in many local gyms as their iconic image of a muscle bound male. A fan photographs a contestant with his digital camera at the competition.

(Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)



Contestants in the bodybuilding competition warm up inside the lobby in Kabul, Afghanistan.

(Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)



Afghan bodybuilders compete in a regional bodybuilding competition in Kabul, Afghanistan. Bodybuilding is a very popular sport in Afghanistan in a country where men like the image of being physically strong.

(Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)



Under the Taliban, bodybuilders were not allowed to train without being fully dressed in traditional Afghan clothing and the annual Mr. Afghanistan contest was banned as sportsmen were forbidden to appear partially naked in public.

(Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)



After being applied with tanning lotion a bodybuilder warms up outside the hall where the competition was being held in Kabul, Afghanistan.

(Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)



A bodybuilder shows off his medal after winning the bodybuilding competition in Kabul, Afghanistan.

(Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)



A bodybuilder celebrates victory at the end of the bodybuilding competition in Kabul. It is affordable for most Afghans and it's popularity is growing in many provinces since the fall of the Taliban.

(Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)


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