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Posted in: Articles by ProSource, Gossip, Andrew Oye's Pro Muscle Report
By Andrew Oye | Sep 23, 2011

IFBB PRO image The Item: IFBB Pro League News

The Scoop: Just announced: This week, following the crowning of the new Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath over 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler, the IFBB Pro League management released an Advisory Notice dated September 21, 2011, which announced new stipulations for athletes to qualify to compete at the IFBB's premier event - the Olympia. The notice, signed by IFBB Chairman Jim Manion, reads as follows:

After meetings held during the Olympia Weekend and following further discussions between IFBB Professional League and Mr. Olympia LLC, beginning 2012, only the following competitors will qualify for the Olympia:

1. Top four in each division at the Olympia
2. Top three in each division at the Arnold Classic/International
3. Top two in each division at the New York Pro
4. First place at all other competitions

The top four in each division at the 2011 Olympia will qualify for the 2012 Olympia. The remaining 2011 competitions are not affected.

The "So What?": As noted in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" column, prior to the newly announced change, the Top 3 in most IFBB Pro League contests would qualify to compete at the Olympia - with the exception of the IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic, the New York Pro Bodybuilding Championships and the Olympia itself, which qualified the Top 6 contestants.

Andrew Oye's verdict: The announcement comes in a year with an increased number of new events added to the IFBB Pro League contest schedule. Athlete and fan reaction is split. Some wonder if the decreased number of qualifications disadvantages second and third-tier pro athletes and forces them to compete more often, while others view the change as assurance that only the best of the best make it to the Olympia - the "Super Bowl of Bodybuilding" - which has produced Mr. Olympia greats like IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman, IFBB Pro Lee Haney, IFBB Pro Dorian Yates, IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger, and IFBB Pro Frank Zane, among others

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