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2011 IFBB FIBO POWER PRO BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN CHICAGO CANCELED



Posted in: Articles by ProSource, Gossip, Andrew Oye's Pro Muscle Report
By Andrew Oye | Jun 6, 2011



2011 IFBB image The Item: IFBB Pro League Contest Schedule

The Scoop: Recently Announced: Producers of the Chicago FIBO show announced that the event has been canceled, which removes the adjunct bodybuilding competition from the IFBB Pro League contest schedule.

The official announcement reads, "Reed Exhibitions will no longer produce the FIBO POWER USA and EUROPA event (also known as Chicago Fitness & Sport Expo), scheduled at Rosemont Convention Center in Rosemont, IL on September 30 - October 1, 2011. A decision was made by Reed to focus efforts and resources on other opportunities for growth in the pop culture space. We would like to thank our partners on this event.. our customers, vendors, and industry supporters for the opportunity to explore a new concept."

The "So What?": While having separate contest promoters, the Chicago event would have been the inaugural US companion to the long-standing German event, the biggest sports and supplements expo in Europe. IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson won the 2011 IFBB FIBO Power Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Essen, Germany, on April 16.

Regarding the cancellation of the Chicago event, Athlete's Rep IFBB Pro Bob Cicherillo says, "There were a lot of issues from the venue choice, to the timeframe, the union costs. Look for a new show to take its place very soon, date and location TBA [to be announced]."

Andrew Oye's Verdict: The newly launched Sheru Classic slated for September 24-25 in Mumbai has already announced big names as competitors. Typically, post-Olympia contests in the US don't draw top-tier pros. Perhaps that, along with other more relevant issues, contributed in some small or indirect way to the dreary prospects for a large Chicago expo and contest so close on the calendar. 

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