After parting ways with the NPC and IFBB Pro League run by Jim Manion, the IFBB International has decided to reassume its professional activities under the banner of IFBB Elite Pro League.
The future of the Arnold Classic Events are uncertain since the break-up between the IFBB Pro League/National Physique Committee (NPC) and the IFBB International.
Recently, Tony Doherty the promoter of the Arnold Classic in Australia has confirmed that his show will be sanctioned by the IFBB Pro League/NPC.
IFBB Pro League Announcement
Tony said this was a hard decision but he has made a business decision to have his show sanctioned by the IFBB Pro League/NPC.
Moments after Tony Doherty confirming the IFBB Pro League will run his show, The Arnold Africa committee has decided the IFBB Elite Pro League is the way forward.
According to Wayne Price, IFBB President of South Africa, the Arnold Classic Africa will remain with the IFBB International and the newly established IFBB Elite Pro League.
“No, the Arnold Classic Africa is not an NPC event and is not a qualifier for Pro League cards. The Arnold Classic Africa will be a qualifier for the IFBB Elite Pro cards. To compete at the Arnold Classic Africa you still have to qualify by competing at the IFBB sanctioned events as advertised and if you are selected you will receive an official invitation to compete at the Arnold Classic Africa in 2018,” Price said in a statement.
Today in a Facebook post, Wayne Price confirmed that after a meeting with Arnold Schwarzenegger, the show will be an IFBB International/IFBB Pro Elite show.
Official comment on Arnold Classic Africa – Amateur and Pro Bodybuilding:
I know there is allot of confusion about the Arnold Classic Africa after the split between IFBB International and NPC/Pro League. After numerous meetings, it is decided and agreed by Arnold partnership that it is best that Arnold Classic Africa, is and will stay with IFBB International and IFBB Elite Pro League.
No, Arnold Classic Africa is not a NPC event, and is not a qualifier for Pro League cards. Arnold Classic Africa will be a qualifier for the IFBB Elite Pro cards. To compete at the Arnold Classic Africa you still have to qualify by competing at the IFBB Sanctioned events as advertised, if you selected, you will receive a official invitation to compete at the Arnold Classic Africa 2018. So please if you got any questions and queries about Arnold Classic Africa, contact our team 012 653 2960 or send me a mail at [email protected]. Our last four Arnold Classic Africa qualifying events for 2017,you will see posters attached!
or get more information on www.arnoldclassicafrica.com and www.ifbbsa.co.za . This is exiting times, and i am convinced that we going to see great things happen in the near future!
That means to qualify for the Arnold Classic Africa athletes have to compete at the IFBB Sanctioned event and not an NPC event.
IFBB Elite Pro recently added new sanctions on the athletes to further distinguished from IFBB and the National Physique Committee (NPC). In an official statement by IFBB President Dr. Rafael Santonja for the conduct expected of their athletes as well as what competitions they are allowed to compete in.
Check out the official message from the IFBB President – Dr Rafael Santonja
What do you make of these new turn of events?