With its recognition as World Elite Amateur  Ranking and Elite Pro Card Qualifier event, the 2018 IFBB Belt & Road Grand Prix, scheduled for next September 17th – 22nd, in Xi´an (China); will be one of the most challenging sports events, in this 2018 season.

The “Belt & Road Initiative” (BRI) is a development strategy proposed by Chinese Government that focuses on connectivity and cooperation between Eurasian countries, the land-based Silk Road Economic Belt, the ocean-going Maritime Silk Road and China. This means that 65 IFBB-affiliated National Federations will be invited to register their athletes, at this event that will be held in Xi´an -one of the oldest cities in China- considered the starting point of Silk Road, and one of the 13 emerging megacities, in the country.

The 2018 IFBB Belt & Road Grand Prix, organized by the Chinese Bodybuilding Association (CBBA) with outstanding support from Government and Xi´an city authorities, will spread up to 80.000 $, in cash prizes, besides the points for the World Ranking and Elite Pro Cards offered for the Top athletes. The Top 3 athletes, in every Super Final, will receive between 8.000 $ – 10.000 $, depending on the IFBB sports discipline.

Picture: CBBA President, Mr. Zhang Haifeng, receiving the IFBB Spirit of Sport Award, from Dr. Rafael Santonja, at the 2017 World Bodybuilding Championships (Benidorm).

We are immersed in a health international emergency as a consequence of the Covid-19 epidemic.

In this situation, we must follow the applicable national and international regulations and the advice from governments and sanitary authorities.

All this has to be done with positive energy and best spirit, maintaining our focus on the fact that any epidemical situation has expansion, stabilization and reduction periods, and that with adequate care, this nightmare is going to be a bad memory soon.

By all means, the integrity of our athletes, officials, judges and of all who integrate our community is now and always essential. We are a family in sport and life.

We can expect to reach the epidemic peak and a progressive settle down, as is already happening in some of the countries in suffering this situation at first instance.

In conclusion, let’s be confident and keep working as a team, following the decisions from the competent authorities. Some events have been canceled and others are being rescheduled to a new date in which we may be able to celebrate with our athletes and friends our passion for sport and healthy lifestyle.

We recommend you visit the IFBB Calendar at our website www.IFBB.com on a regular basis, so that you may be fully updated on events and schedule.

Wishing you, your families and beloved one’s good health, and hoping that the situation will be back to normality as soon as possible

All the events that were planned for March and April are being postponed and rescheduled