DOHUK, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – A Kurdish man from the Kurdistan Region is aiming to gain international recognition for his nation by training to break at least three world records.
Gergis Rashid Gergis, a 30-year-old born in the Dohuk Province, dreams of entering his name into the Guinness Book of World Records.
Gergis told Kurdistan24 he is passionate about fitness and has been involved in kickboxing, mixed martial arts, and Muay Thai for over 14 years.
“I have a desire to push forth the name of my nation, Kurdistan,” he stated. “And, also enter my name in the Guinness Book of World Records.”
Gergis has taken a great interest in training to break several world records and set new ones.
“I’ve broken several records over the past four years,” he told Kurdistan24.
Right now, Gergis has been preparing to break three records: standard push-ups, knuckle push-ups, and push-ups while balancing on three medicine balls.
“Right now, I am training to break [those] three records,” he said. “These are based on time.”
Gergis explained he has submitted his performances to Guinness for review and is waiting for an invitation where he will officially be given the opportunity to break the records.
The Kurdish athlete added he is also “planning to go there to break their records and set new records” for himself as well.
Since its inception in 1955, Guinness has sold 137 million copies of its book in over 40 different languages.
In the past, several Kurds have tried to get their names in the record book.
However, this is the first time a Kurd from Dohuk is close to entering his name into the Guinness Book of World Records.
Editing by G. H. Renaud
(Additional reporting by Alan Hussein)