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The Item: IFBB Pro League Contest Competitors List, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Just Announced: Producers of the German FIBO show just released the contestants roster of IFBB Pro League athletes that will compete at the 2011 IFBB FIBO Power Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Essen, Germany (April 16).

Open Class Competitors:
IFBB Pro Nataf Alexandre
IFBB Pro Jorge Barrios Sanchez
IFBB Pro Dainius Barzinskas
IFBB Pro Thomas Benagli
IFBB Pro Tarek Elsetouhi
IFBB Pro Oleg Emelyanov
IFBB Pro Daniel Hill
IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson
IFBB Pro Johnnie Jackson
IFBB Pro Michael Kefalianos
IFBB Pro Martin Kjellstrom
IFBB Pro Essa Obaid
IFBB Pro Robert Piotrkowicz
IFBB Pro Ronny Rockel
IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski
IFBB Pro Sergey Shelestov
IFBB Pro Mario Van Steenberghe
IFBB Pro Cvetko Stojmenovski
IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar

The "So What?": As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," the new FIBO bodybuilding contest is part of the biggest sports and fitness expo in Europe, and the competition is a qualifier to challenge 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler at the 2011 Mr. Olympia Championships at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend in Las Vegas. The FIBO Power Expo is broadcast on a sports TV network, and the weekend of events includes strongman, mixed martial arts (MMA), boxing, and powerlifting competitions, among others. Guest poser at the 2010 FIBO Expo, 2008 Mr. Olympia Dexter Jackson has built a German fan base; however, Germany's own Ronny Rockel -- winner of the recent Mr. Europe Championships in Madrid, Spain -- brings the heat of hometown support.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: Projected to place well: IFBB World's Strongest Bodybuilder contender and powerlifter Johnnie Jackson, Ronny Rockel, and Roelly Winklaar. Of course, Dexter Jackson falls somewhere in this top tier of the lineup as well. However, after landing in 5th place at the Arnold Sports Festival's 2011 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships, 42-year-old Jackson's placing in Germany will be critical to silence (or bolster) critics who have recently begun to "write off" an actively competitive, one-time winner of the sport's highest title and a long-time exemplar of consistent physique balance and proportion.

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