The international Judge in Bodybuilding and Weightlifting, Mr. Karekin Simonian, passed away on Wednesday, 17th April, in Los Angeles (California; USA).

A distinguished member of the International sports community, Mr. Simonian was a reference of Bodybuilding in Armenia, in which he established a Bodybuilding & Weightlifting club. Always linked with IFBB, he dedicated his time and expertise to the promotion of these sports in the Middle East, Australia, Armenia, USA, and Canada.

In recognition of his contribution towards the development of Bodybuilding and his more than 50 years involved in IFBB, he became the first Armenian to receive the IFBB Gold Medal.

His memory will remain with us forever. Rest in peace.