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Bodybuilding is huge in Egypt, where reigning Mr. Olympia champ Big Ramy comes from. As a result, his hometown of Kafr El Sheikh has decided to honor his accomplishments in a huge way.

Ramy has long been a top tier bodybuilder with a lot of potential, but in recent years he has taken things to a new level. First there was the incredible package he brought with him to the 2020 Olympia, where he first won the title, but then most recently he was able to defend that throne at the 2021 Olympia, over the weekend.

Following this competition result, the Egyptian bodybuilder is being treated with some huge respect by the people of his hometown of Kafr El Sheikh. According to a post to the CairoScene Instagram page, he is getting a square in the town named after him, to honor his accomplishments and being a good role model.


“After winning the coveted Mr Olympia title For the second year in a row, Mamdouh ‘Big Ramy’ Elssbiay is set to receive the highest of honours, with the Governor of his hometown, Kafr El Sheikh, announcing that the city’s largest square will be named after him.

Big Ramy has been highlighted as an example for Egypt’s youth, his persistence and determination leading him to global fame in bodybuilding. Born in Kafr El Sheikh in 1984, he started his professional career in 2010, before going on to win a number of international bodybuilding competitions before reaching the zenith of his career, being crowned Mr. Olympia – first in 2020, then again this year.”

This is obviously a massive honor for Big Ramy, who has long been a representative of Egypt. On top of that, this adds to one of the most exciting runs in the sport’s history, with his incredible physique that was brought to bare on the stage.

A big part of that came with the help of Dennis James, who worked with him prior to the 2020 Olympia, and again this year. He recently shared a post of the champ two and a half weeks out from the contest, as Dennis pushed him through posing practice to help prepare.

There is a lot for Big Ramy to be happy about after these last few weeks. This is surely something he is proud of.

Big Ramy Contest History

  • 2021 Olympia – 1st place
  • 2020 Olympia – 1st place
  • 2020 Arnold Classic – 3rd place
  • 2018 Olympia – 6th place
  • 2017 Arnold Classic Europe – 1st place
  • 2017 Olympia – 2nd place
  • 2016 Prague Pro – 2nd place
  • 2016 Kuwait Pro – 1st place
  • 2016 Arnold Classic Europe – 2nd place
  • 2016 Olympia – 4th place
  • 2015 Prague Pro – 2nd place
  • 2015 Arnold Classic Europe – 4th place
  • 2015 Olympia – 5th place
  • 2015 Arnold Classic South America – 1st place
  • 2014 Olympia – 7th place
  • 2014 New York Pro – 1st place
  • 2013 Olympia – 8th place
  • 2013 New York Pro – 1st place
  • 2012 Amateur Olympia Kuwait – 1st place