Drogheda supports Nigerian Leo Ibrahim Mister Ireland title holder in his bid to compete in Mister Universe.

Leo Ibrahim won the Mr Ireland title while seeking asylum in this country. Bodybuilder Leo, who lives in Dogheda, is an asylum seeker from Nigeria. As such, he cannot leave and re-enter Ireland without the necessary documentation. Despite intensive training, six days a week for four hours a day his world championship dreams could be dashed because he did not have the correct paper work. 

As Mr Ireland, Leo Ibrahim would be eligible to participate in the Mr Universe competition in Manchester, the competition that shot Arnold Schwarzenegger to fame and fortune.

However the Department of Justice granted him a visa to travel to compete in Mr Universe. Solicitor Maureen Connolly is delighted the campaign behind Leo’s bid to represent Ireland in Mr Universe has paid off.

Whether he wins or not is not the issue here, it’s the fact that he’s an entrant.

John Bannon of Proflex gym believes Leo has the potential to do well in Manchester.

He was a champion in Nigeria as well in the power lift, so he has an awful lot of experience going for him.

In the lead up to the competition Leo plans to keep his fitness regime going to be in the best shape possible.

Hopefully something might happen.

In the meantime he must retain his Mr Ireland title, which, if he wins, will qualify him for the Mr Universe competition.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 20 July 2004. The reporter is Clare Murphy.