The Burkinabe colossus, Iron Biby, was elevated on 23 December 2020 to the title of “Officer of the Order of Merit of Youth and Sports Sports Agrafe Sportif.” A 28-year-old international sportsman, Iron Biby, whose real name is Cheick Ahmed al-Hassan Sanou, is the strongest man in the world.
Cheick Ahmed al-Hassan Sanou, 28, better known as Iron Bibu, won the Guinness Book of Records on April 6, 2019 in Leeds, the first Burkinabè to be included in the 2019 Guinness Book of Records, for having lifted a 60 kg person 82 times in one minute. in the United Kingdom, the World Log Lift Champion, a discipline that consists of a “shoulder lift” of trunk-shaped loads, lifting a weight of 220 kg.
The 1.90 m, 187 kg and 66 cm tall Bobolais colossus hopes one day to pull a plane from the national airline Air Burkina, an ambition that reflects all his will and perseverance.
Somewhat embarrassed by his corpulence when he was younger, Iron Biby had gone to Canada at the age of 17 to study business administration while working as a security guard. At the age of 21, he discovered powerlifting («athletic strength»), a discipline close to weightlifting, but where the loads are heavier and the gestures of a more reduced amplitude. He did not take long to impress the world and quickly qualified for international competitions.
Currently, it is at the top of this sport with a daily training of three to four hours a day and a rich diet. His projects include a sports centre in Bobo-Dioulasso to share his passion with the children of his neighbourhood.
On his Facebook page, he expressed his satisfaction and thanked all the people of Burkina Faso. “My thanks to all the high authorities of Burkina Faso for this honour, as well as my family and friends who have supported me since my beginnings.”