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Canadian Physique Alliance continue to poach athletes from IFBB





Canadian Physique Alliance continue to poach athletes from IFBB.

The split between the IFBB/Elite Pro League and the NPC/Pro League took place in September 2017.

The 2018 season started a new chapter in the bodybuilding and fitness world. The IFBB continued to grow with thousands of amateur regional and international contests. As well in its first year, the IFBB Elite Pro League was very successful. New IFBB Elite Pro’s found it easier to compete regularly in a new professional league governed by the IFBB.

On the other side of the fence, the NPC started to expand by organizing contests internationally. Since the NPC are not affiliated to the IFBB after the split, they needed new international athletes in their amateur league.

While many preach that the 2018 was successful for the NPC, it was a rough one. Not all contests were successful in regards to attendance and profits. The major success for the NPC was in the UK and Australia, headed by 2BrosPro (UK) and Tony Doherty (Australia). The NPC has had major success in English speaking countries.

In Canada, there is a heated battle between the new formed Canadian Physique Alliance (CPA) governed by the NPC and the Canadian Bodybuilding Federation (CBBF) governed by the IFBB.

Before the split in 2017, the CBBF was the authority for bodybuilding in Canada and it is the only federation sactioned by the IFBB.

After the split, the CPA started an aggressive campaign to get the top amateur athletes to switch over to their federation and compete in the NPC and Pro League.

As it was agreed by the NPC and Pro League after the split, the NPC would accept IFBB althletes that earned Pro status, till the end of the 2017 season.

Basically, if an IFBB athlete earned his or her pro status between October and December 2017, they could of chose to compete in the NPC/Pro League or the newly formed IFBB Elite Pro League.

In those three months athletes were either moving to the NPC/Pro League or remain with the IFBB/Elite Pro League.

The NPC then decided that in the 2018 season, any athlete that wanted to compete from any other federation, regardless of their status would need to compete in a pro qualifer to earn a new pro card.

Even if the athlete was an IFBB Elite Pro, NABBA Pro or PCA Pro, they would need to compete as an amateur in 2018.

It seems this news did not arrive in Canada. The CPA published a message on their official Instagram page with some new NPC rules for the 2019 season on 12 December, 2019. Publishing ammendments to new qualifying standards is not a problem. Every federation makes improvements year after year.

The problem is the second post they did within the message, stating that if a successful CBBF (IFBB) athlete pays for the 2018 and 2019 annual memberships they do not need to compete in the newly formed regional qualifers, they automatically get promoted to pro qualifiers. And if they just pay the 2019 membership they have to start competing on the regional level, as originally planned.

The message in full:
For those competitors who did not compete with the CPA in 2018 but want to take advantage of their lifetime Byes from the CBBF contests from 2017 and before can compete at the 2019 pro qualifier with the CPA but will be required to purchase a 2018 and 2019 CPA membership, or just purchase their 2019 membership and compete at the regional level to qualify to a pro qualifier – Canadian Physique Alliance.

It seems the CPA are not satisfied with their own athletes or creating new ones, they are still focused on poaching athletes from the IFBB.