IN MEMORIAM: KINGSLEY POITIER

Is it with deep sadness that we must report the passing away of 1965 IFBB Mr. World, Kingsley Poitier, recent April 19th; at the age of 82 y.o.

A pioneer of Bodybuilding in The Bahamas, where he was born; Poitier inspired hundred of athletes from his own gym, opened in 1955. In 1959, he won the Junior Mr. Nassau and Junior Mr. Bahamas titles. A couple of years later, he won the overall Mr. Bahamas and starting his legend, becoming the first Bahamian to experience international success in Bodybuilding. He participated 3 times at the Mr. Universe, winning the Most Muscular Award, in 1962 (New York) and 1964 (Montreal); besides the overall Mr. World title, again in Montreal, in 1965.

In recognition of his career, he was admitted into The Bahamas’ Sports Hall of Fame, in 2003.

The IFBB join his family, friends, and Bahamas Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation (BBFF), in their sorrow and prayers. Rest in peace.

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