Stefan Sekej, Glen Ross, Sean O’Hagan, Adam Daraz, Timo Rüdiger and Martina Ollesch: FIBO POWER is calling, and the strongest men and women from across Europe are coming. With Events like the Arm Wars, the MAS Wrestling FIBO Cup and the POWER Lifting Strongman Champions League, FIBO POWER regularly draws athletes and fans from everywhere to Cologne to attend Europe’s biggest meeting point of the bodybuilding, weight training and martial arts community. Taking place from 7 to 10 April, FIBO POWER 2016 will for the first time occupy not just Hall 10.2 but also Hall 10.1. A powerful stage programme will be presented across two floors with two stages of the same size on each floor.
Programme highlights in Hall 10.2
Friday and Saturday: POWERlifting Challenge
Twice daily on Friday and Saturday, fans of classic weight training exercises will get a chance to participate in an awesome challenge. Andy Dörner and his team will guide participants and spectators through the POWERlifting Challenge on the large stage in Hall 10.2. Athletes will be able to prove themselves in three categories: Squats, Deadlifts and Bench Press. The FIBO POWER Saturday will see the premiere of the POWERlifting Pro Competition. What’s more, fans in Hall 10.2 will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with Germany’s most well-known powerlifters as they chat with them and secure their autographs. Anyone who’s interested should report to the stage in Hall 10.2 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm or from 2:05 pm to 3:05 pm on POWER Friday. The programme continues from 10:20 am to 11:30 am on Saturday. One last slot on the stage is scheduled from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
Saturday and Sunday: MAS Wrestling FIBO Cup
The MAS Wrestling FIBO Cup will present a tough challenge for German athletes, because an absolute top-level line-up will be vying for the cup on POWER Saturday and Sunday. Competing in the 105 kg weight class, for example, will be world champion and Arnolds Classic winner Stefan Sekej from Norway. With 200-kg Glen Ross and 2.11-m and 190-kg Sean O’Hagan, two formidable Irish giants will be competing in the super heavyweight category. Hungary is sending its strongest men in a team led by Adam Daraz. Germany will be represented by the likes of Timo Rüdiger, Germany’s strongest man in 2012, and powerlifting world champion Andreas Brixa. In the women’s category, almost all of the world’s top athletes will be represented, including Martina Ollesch from Germany, who came in third at the World Championships. No doubt: this competition will be super-exciting. On Saturday, the Cup will take place on the stage in Hall 10.2 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. On Sunday, the Cup will move to the stage in Hall 10.1 and take place from 10:10 am to 11:10 am.
Programme in Hall 10.1
Saturday: Strongman Champions League
Only athletes officially confirmed as the strongest of their respective country get invited to the Strongman Champions League, a competition stopping in 16 countries across every continent to determine the winner of the Strongman Champions League World Champion title. The competition is televised in one-hour broadcasts in over 96 countries around the world. On 9 April, FIBO POWER will serve as the venue for the Strongman Champions League – Germany. Germany’s most successful strongman will serve as the judge: Heinz Ollesch.
Also scheduled for FIBO POWER Sunday is the fifth FIBO POWER Strongman Challenge featuring the German Newcomer Championship. Winners will get promoted to the German Pro League. Visitors, meanwhile, can look forward to finding out whether Heinz Ollesch and “his boys” will be able to lift the heaviest weights, making the impossible possible.
Saturday: FIBO POWER Strongest Benchpresser
The strongest RAW benchpressers will compete on the ATX-sponsored stage in Hall 10.1 from 3:00 pm on FIBO POWER Saturday, guaranteeing a thrilling competition against each other and a spectacle for the audience. Information about the participants and the competition will be available shortly at www.fibo.de/fibo_power.
Saturday and Sunday: Arm Wars
The most well-known arm wrestlers from more than 10 nations will compete on the ATX Stage in Hall 10.1 on Saturday and Sunday. Eurosport will broadcast the competition in over 60 countries, with more than half a million viewers expected to tune in across Europe. That figure makes Arm Wars one of the leading Arm Wrestling Super Series events worldwide. Athletes will compete from 1:35 pm on Saturday and from 12:00 pm on Sunday. For additional information on current topics and events in the Arm Wars community, visit www.armwars.com or www.fightersinc.net.
Lifting for Life
Using power to do good: that’s the central goal of “Lifting for Life”, another competition taking place at FIBO POWER. Support for the competition is provided by the “AMPU KIDS & DYS KIDS” charity, which accompanies children threatened or affected by amputation and their families as they get accustomed to a life after amputation and helps them to once again integrate fully in daily life. The organisation will receive a donation of €50 for each lift – a highlight for strong guys with a soft heart. The exact dates and times will be announced as soon as possible at www.fibo.de/heben_fuer_leben.