August is here and we are approaching one of the most challenging events of the year: the 2018 IFBB Belt & Road Championship that will be held in Xi´an, open to all the IFBB-affiliated National Federations worldwide.

The historical city – UNESCO world heritage-, will host this international event, coming next September 17th to 20th, supported by the Chinese Government, the local authorities and the Chinese Bodybuilding Association (CBBA) led by Mr. Zhang Haifeng; with amazing price money awards: 80.000 $ for the best competitors from the IFBB planet.

The 2018 IFBB Belt & Road Championship will have, as well, an amazing venue:  the Nan Men Square; with a spectacular open ceremony, in front of the Shout Gate of the Xi´an ancient city wall. This gate knows as “eternal peace”, is only opened in very special circumstances, as it will be the championship.

China and the CBBA will have during 2018 a solid and strong participation in the IFBB season, as more events will be held in the country, as the Elite Pro Championship that will be held in November, in Beijing; with 75.000 US$ in cash prizes.

Picture: An historical event: the 2018 IFBB Belt & Road Bodybuilding & Fitness Championships.

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