SUCCESSFUL BIRTH OF THE BALKAN CUP

On the initiative of the Honorary President of the Balkan Federation, Mr. Nenad Vuckovic, his brother Milan and with the immense support of IFBB President, Dr. Rafael Santonja, in Knjazevac, Serbia, on November 17th was held the First Open Balkan Cup, a competition which will become traditional next year, when the Second Open Balkan Cup will be held from 27th to 30th of June.
The reason to start with the organization of the First Open Balkan Cup in November, when IFBB Calendar was already full of big international championships, was the thirtieth anniversary of the formation of the Balkan Federation in Belgrade, 1988.
Although aware that the chosen term for this event will not guarantee a large number of participants, the organizer decided to risk, and as it turned out, they did not make a mistake, because the First Open Balkan Cup, by all participants, the audience, the media and officials from the City of Knjazevac, was rated as successful in every aspect.
With this rating, we are sure that the Second Open Balkan Cup will be even more successful and more massive, because at least 12 Elite Pro Cards will be awarded, instead of one that was awarded in Knjazevac to the overall winner at Men’s Bodybuilding, Pavel Cervinka from the Czech Republic.
Excellent form of competitors from Bulgaria, Poland, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Montenegro, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia, as well as excellent organization of the whole aspects of the competition, accommodation and banquet, have made us all convinced that IFBB now got one more important competition on the territory of the Balkans, and that the quality and massiveness of the Open Balkan Cup will grow from year to year, and be one of the key competitions for the promotion and prosperity of bodybuilding and fitness in the Balkan region and Europe.

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