In a recent episode of the Old School Labs podcast, Samir Bannout delved into his perspective on the competition, addressing the controversy surrounding Derek Lunsford’s win and Hadi Choopan’s actions.
A Predictive Triumph
The Controversy and Judging Criteria
However, he acknowledged the subjectivity of judging criteria, stating, “There’s no doubt about it, I totally agree with you, Hadi Choopan should not walk off the stage. Hadi Choopan should not, but I put myself in his shoes.”
Hadi Choopan’s Actions and Potential Consequences
He empathized with Hadi Choopan’s position as a frontrunner and suggested that a warning, rather than a suspension, would be a more appropriate response.
“I don’t know, just put yourself in his shoes. I would personally, I’m against that, I’m against that 100%, but I would give Hadi a warning, not a suspension from what I heard. I think Jim will probably give him a warning that this such thing should not happen again,” shared Samir Bannout.
Samson Dauda’s Potential and Conditioning
While praising Samson Dauda’s physique, Bannout suggested that an improvement of around 10% in conditioning could elevate his competitive edge.
Samir Bannout emphasized the importance of achieving the coveted “24-carat quality” and advised Samson Dauda on the nuances of proper drying up, cautioning against certain practices that might work against the desired effect.
Insights from a Bodybuilding Legend
Throughout the podcast, Samir Bannout’s analysis provided a unique blend of seasoned experience, critical observation, and empathy for the athletes.
With the 2024 Mr. Olympia on the horizon, the sport awaits another chapter in its storied history, promising both challenges and triumphs for the athletes who strive for greatness on bodybuilding’s grandest stage.