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The Item: IFBB Pro League News, Contest Schedule, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Just Announced: The IFBB Pro League (International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness) released the 2012 contest-season schedule of professional bodybuilding, physique, figure, bikini and fitness championships and events for IFBB Pro card-carrying athletes.   

The "So What?": As previously reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro Muscle Report," during the 2012 IFBB Pro contest season, new rules will apply to competition contract submissions (due 30 days prior to contests) and mandatory participation in Finals by those who qualify during Pre-Judging rounds. The IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series Point System applies to IFBB Pro League athletes' eligibility to compete at the 2012 Olympia Weekend in Las Vegas, and now only the 1st place winners of most contests (except the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships -- Top 3; New York Pro -- Top 2; previous year's Olympia -- Top 4) qualify for the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding." Also, the new 212 Division (formerly 202) is in full swing in the 2012 IFBB contest season and will culminate with the first-ever Olympia 212 Showdown.

The 2012 IFBB Pro League Schedule of Events:
FLEX Pro (February 18), Desert Muscle Classic (February 26), Arnold Classic (March 2-3), Australia Pro Grand Prix (March 17), FIBO Power Germany (April 21), Europa Show of Champions (April 27-28), Mr. Europe Grand Prix (April 28), Louisiana Pro (May 11-12), New York Pro (May 19), Toronto Pro SuperShow (June 1-2), Europa Battle of Champions (June 29-30), Chicago Pro (July 6-7), Tampa Pro (August 10-11), Dallas Pro (August 17-18), Sarasota Pro (September 9), Tijuana Pro (August 31-Septmeber 1), Nordic Pro (September 8), Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (Sept 28-29), Asian Grand Prix (October 5-6), Arnold Classic Europe (October 12-13), British Grand Prix (October 20-21), Prague Pro (October 27), Sacramento Pro (November 3), Iowa Pro (November 11), Masters Olympia (December).

Andrew Oye's Verdict: IFBB Pro athletes are chasing Olympia Sandow trophies, like those collected by IFBB Pro Lee Haney, IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman, IFBB Pro Jay Cutler, IFBB Pro Dorian Yates, IFBB Pro Frank Zane, IFBB Pro Sergio Oliva, IFBB Pro Larry Scott, IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger, IFBB Pro Samir Bannout, IFBB Pro Franco Columbu, IFBB Pro Phil Heath and others. Some ladies seek Figure Olympia medals like IFBB Pro Nicole Wilkins or Fitness Olympia Medals like IFBB Pro Adela Garcia. With new contests on the IFBB Pro League calendar and talk of certain pros bypassing contests, returning from injury and switching divisions, things are about to get interesting. Let the games begin (including the new retroactively applied IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series Point System, per the IFBB Pro League's March 2012 announcement).

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