Fans were a bit concerned when it looked like Athleticon would be taking place at the same time as the 2021 Olympia. However it has now been revealed that the contest will be taking place for the first time next year instead.
There is a palpable excitement to see what the Athleticon looks like when it finally happens. The massive new bodybuilding show and sports expo is being promoted by Dany Garcia and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Originally expected to go down in 2020, the event was understandably delayed due to the global pandemic. After all, a large component of this expo involved packing as many fans into the arena as possible for the different events, a task that is a little hard to pull off nowadays, to say the least.
It was then revealed that the new date for the first ever Athleticon was going to be on October 9-10th in 2021. That seemed like a great plan, until it was recently announced that the 2021 Mr. Olympia will also be taking place at the same time.
This left fans concerned, as they feared being forced to choose between these two monumental contests. The same worry likely also was felt among the athletes too, as some have been debating which show they would compete in.
However, fear not as reports have revealed that the Athleticon is now being delayed once again. This time it has been pushed back to sometime April of 2022, so as to avoid the conflicting schedules between this and the Olympia.
Obviously this comes as disappointing news to those who have been waiting to see what this event offers, and how it will impact the greater bodybuilding landscape. That said, the decision to move it seems to be the right call, as it is tough to compete with the Olympia.
It is likely safe to say that the greater portion of bodybuilding fans would rather have the first Athleticon be exactly what it is meant to be. If that means pushing it back until the time is right, both for the athletes and the pandemic, then that is an understandable choice.
On the other hand, when the event finally does get to take place, it will almost certainly be a massive spectacle to witness. There have been a lot of spicy rumors about what is in store for the expo, and all of them seem to be in service of the fans.