ZALIN, Syria — After finishing first place in the Sayed al-Shati Bodybuilding Championship in the 100 kg category, Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) bodybuilder Emil Elio was received in the city of Zalin (Qamishli), North and East Syria, in the presence and patronage of Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Gozarto (Jazira) and Euphrates Mar Maurice Amsih, a number of priests, members of the Milli Council of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Zalin, and a large gathering of Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people.
In a statement to Suroyo TV, Elio said that his victory in the competition came as a result of six months of perseverance in a regular and strenuous program of exercise and diet.
He added that the “Beach Master” competition is one of the most difficult and highly competitive tournaments in Syria but his confidence in his efforts and preparations was enough for him to overcome his competitors.
Elio added that he considers this achievement only the beginning of his sports career.
Regarding the reception that was held for him in Zalin, Elio said that the appreciation of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people, institutions, and clerics for his previous achievements contributed to encouraging him and pushing him towards achieving more successes and he is grateful for their support.
He sent a message to Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) youth, informing them of the need to work to prove the identity, presence, and presence of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Syriac) people in all fields. Elio also thanked Suroyo TV for covering and transmitting the work and achievements of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Syriac) people.