Athleticon organizers stay silent as 2020 Olympia Weekend is rescheduled.
Earlier this week, Olympia President & Chief Olympia Officer Dan Solomon confirmed that the 2020 Olympia Weekend would be rescheduled from September to 16-20 December, 2020.
With the threat of coronavirus, the general public would have been disappointed if the event was cancelled.
At the same time they would understand the difficult situation the organizers are facing.
The Olympia franchise went through many historic changes in 2020.
AMI sold the brand to new owner Jake Wood and as well, they proceeded to move the venue to the Planet Hollywood Resort in the center of the Las Vegas Strip.
Previously, The Olympia Weekend‘s home for the past 15 years has been at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
With all this happening, owner Jake Wood would not let the coronavirus threat stop him, so he decided to take his chances and reschedule the event to December 2020.
In the same week, even the 2020 Arnold Sports Festival Europe was rescheduled to December. This event will be taking place in Seville, Spain.
IFBB President Dr. Rafael Santonja is optimistic about the future and is looking forward to this and many others sanctioned by the IFBB and IFBB Elite Pro.
With all this happening in the world of bodybuilding and fitness, many pro and amateur athletes have been inquiring about Ahtleticon.
Athleticon is scheduled for 10-11 October, 2020. Until publishing this article, the organizers have been silent about any rescheduling of this event.
Even if the event takes place in October, the organizers will have a number of difficulties.
The amateur event
The big event at Athleticon that looks to be facing major problems is the NPC Worldwide International Championships.
This is an amateur event open only to athletes that qualify through a points system.
As well, the NPC Worldwide International Championships is not open to athletes from the USA.
This decision was criticized heavily by American athletes and now it seems the decision to eliminate athletes based in the USA will truly backfire due to the coronavirus threat.
At the time of publishing this article, Europe and neighboring countries are on total or partial lockdown. The majority of gyms are closed to minimize the spread of the virus.
With the majority of athletes forced to stay in their homes, training will be at a minimum and being away from the gym will truly hinder their contest prep.
The majority of people in Europe and the rest of the world have to go through forced quarantine, reduced hours and job cuts. All this means less finances.
When the majority of athletes face these struggles, the middle class athlete will cut costs to save money and this unfortunately will put their plans of competing on the side.
Traveling to the USA to compete at an amateur show, such as the NPC Worldwide International Championship, will be out of the question.
Unless the amateur athlete is wealthy or has a sponsor that will cover all their costs, the number of athletes travelling to Atlanta will be cut drastically.
Not giving the opportunity to the athletes living in America to compete at the NPC Worldwide International Championships might literally destroy their event.
The ICON World Classic
Pro League athletes might pay more attention to this event as it has become a 2020 Olympia Weekend qualifier.
Since the 2020 Olympia Weekend is not taking place in September and moved to December, Pro athletes will see this as their last chance to qualify for the Olympia Weekend.
The last day to qualify for the 2020 Olympia Weekend has been extended to October 18, 2020.
What’s next for Athleticon?
The organizers still have time to change some aspects of the event around.
The international amateur show will be the most affected due to travel restrictions since it is only open to international athletes.
The only way the amateur show can be saved is if all travel restrictions and quarantine are laws are relaxed months before the event.
The Athleticon organizers might also reconsider and allow American amateur athletes to compete in this event.
Athleticon organizers have to do better to keep athletes and fans updated.
At the moment, their official website and social media have nothing new to report in regards to future plans or possible rescheduling of events.
The Athleticon organizers published their last update on 12 February, 2020. Since then the world has been turned upside down due to the coronavirus threat.
No other update has been made by anybody related to the organization of the event.
The Olympia Weekend is the biggest bodybuilding and fitness event of the year and they have been keeping athletes and fans updated regularly.
Olympia LLC President & Chief Olympia Officer Dan Solomon has been available for interviews to the majority of bodybuilding and fitness media.
Athleticon producer Robin Chang seems to be totally silent on this matter.
It would have made more sense for the organizers of the Athletico event to follow the same path as other event organizers to keep athletes and fans updated.
Athleticon was labeled to be the biggest event of the year, monthly updates would have been ideal.
Their silence can mean two things:
1 – The Athleticon orgainzers are holding back on any new updates about the event because they are in the process of changing certain events.
2 – The entire event will be cancelled for 2020 and rescheduled to 2021 due to all the complications from the threat of coronavirus.
Regardless of what is happening to the event, the athletes and fans must be kept informed.
Just as a huge campaign was made to promote this new event in the beginning of the year, the same effort has to be made to inform of any changes that might occur.
2020 Olympia Weekend Update – 11 May, 2020:
2020 Olympia Announcement:Olympia President Dan Solomon delivers the big news….and it’s the start of a new era for the fitness industry’s most prestigious event. #Olympia2020
Posted by Mr. Olympia LLC on Monday, May 11, 2020
The last update from Athleticon was on 12 February, 2020
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