IFBB/IFBB Elite Pro 2020 Review: The craziest year in bodybuilding history.
2020 can go down in history as the craziest ever season in bodybuilding history.
The reason for such a crazy year is obviously due to Covid-19 causing havoc all over the world.
Every sport organization had to either cancel or postpone all their events, suffering heavy financial losses.
The sport of bodybuilding and fitness could not hide from the Covid-19 disaster, having some of the biggest shows on the competition schedule cancelled or postponed.
IFBB / IFBB Elite Pro
IFBB’s competition season started with great expectations. With more events being added to the competition calendar, the IFBB Federation were looking forward to a very successful year.
Everything came to a halt in March with Covid-19 spreading at a fast rate all over the world.
With the majority of competitions taking place in Europe, a number of federations had to take the difficult decision to postpone their events until 2021.
IFBB President Rafael Santonja and his executive committee did not sit back and let the virus destroy all the athletes hard work. Quick and decisive decisions were made to save the major competitions such as the Arnold Classic Europe, IFBB European Championships, IFBB Amateur World Championships and finally the IFBB Elite Pro World and World Master Championships.
A number of IFBB Federations still managed to organize their National Championships and the IFBB Diamond Cup and Elite Pro shows as well. This helped in selecting athletes to represent their countries at the IFBB’s international competitions.
2020 IFBB European Championships
The 2020 IFBB European Championships is a week long event that is usually scheduled for May, but due to very strict Covid-19 restrictions, the event was rescheduled for September 2020.
The EBFF European Congress was also organized during this event as in previous years. Future events and new regulations would be discussed and voted for by representatives of IFBB’s European affiliate federations.
The best amateurs from all over Europe still managed to prepare and travel to this prestigious event considering all the difficulties that surrounded them.
With the IFBB implementing very strict Covid-19 protocols, the event turned out to be very successful with a number of new athletes being crowned European Champions.
Focusing on bodybuilding, Lithuania’s Justas Poliakus one the Bodybuilding overall title.
2020 IFBB Amateur World Championships
The IFBB Amateur World Championships is another competition that goes down in history as being one of the most popular and prestigious events in the history of the sport.
Some of the most popular bodybuilders in the history of the sport have competed and won this event.
The World Amateur Championships is a massive competition that is usually hosted a different country every year. From China to Dubai, this massive event is a great spectacle for fans and athletes.
The event in 2020 was moved to the safest venue possible, Santa Susanna, Spain. Being the home of the IFBB European Championships, organizing the World Amateur Championships at the same venue was the best decision.
The event lasted four days, with three days being dedicated to competitions and one day dedicated to the IFBB World Congress.
Russia’s Aleksandr Martynkin was crowned 2020 Men’s Bodybuilding World Champion.
2020 IFBB Elite Pro World Championships
The 2020 IFBB Elite Pro World Championships is another event that the IFBB President Dr. Rafael Santonja insisted that must go on as planned.
In only its third year since being created, the IFBB Elite Pro World Championships is the event that every IFBB Elite Pro athlete works for.
Through a qualification points system, the pro athletes either qualify by winning a pro event or qualify by points.
As will the IFBB Amateur World Championships, the venue for the Elite Pro World Championships was changed on numerous occasions due to the Covid-19 crisis.
This year’s edition was slightly different, with the event being included in the Arnold Sports Festival Europe.
The IFBB and the Arnold Sports organizers made the decision replace the Arnold Classic IFBB Elite Pro show with the IFBB Elite Pro World Championships.
With the event taking place in December, it was the best decision to keep the IFBB Elite Pro World Championships.
The Arnold Classic Amateur events took place as scheduled.
IFBB Elite Pro bodybuilding star Michal Krizanek won his World Championship title back after losing it in 2019. Michal one the title first in 2018 and takes it back home with him.
Second place went to Mika Sihvonen. Mike has been challenging Michal for the last couple of years. A much smaller bodybuilder than Michal, Mika is proof that a well balanced physique can defeat athletes twice his size.
The Bikini World Championship title went to Ukraine’s Oksana Bryhidyr. After finishing second in 2019, Oksana made sure she made the next step to win the 2020 World Championship.
Slovakia’s Adela Ondrejovicova has yet to be defeated in the Women’s Bodyfitness division. Adela is one of the most consistent athletes within the IFBB Elite Pro League.
This is the third consecutive IFBB Elite Pro Championship for Adela and it looks like she is not slowing down anytime soon.
Ukraine’s Serhii Danilets is the new IFBB Elite Pro World Champion in the Men’s Classic Physique Division. After winning the 2019 Arnold Classic Europe title, Serhii is establishing himself as the man to beat in Men’s Classic Physique.
Serhii’s well balanced physique gave him the edge ahead of a line-up of 14 World Class athletes.
A new Wellness World Champion has been crowned, after former champion Agela Borges decided to leave the IFBB Elite Pro League for the NPC.
Brazil’s Lexy Oliver is the new IFBB Elite Pro Wellness World Champion. Lexy showed consistency throughout the year and she is deserving of the title.
Hungry’s Nikolett Szabo won the Women’s Fitness IFBB Elite Pro World Championship. Nikolett is another consistent competitor in this division within the IFBB Elite Pro League.
Placing consistently in the top three at all IFBB Elite Pro events, it would be a matter of time when Nikolett would be crowned a world champion. Nikolett placed fourth in 2018 and third in 2019. 2020 would be the year for Nikolett.
The Men’s Physique division World Championship title was retained by the undefeated Dmytro Horobets.
Dmytro is now a three time World Champion, multiple Arnold Classic Europe winner and undefeated at numerous IFBB Elite Pro events.
Presenting a flawless physique, Dmytro has become the poster boy for the Men’s Physique division withing the IFBB Elite Pro League.
2020 IFBB Elite Pro Master’s World Championships
Another event that has become a very popular spectacle is the IFBB Elite Pro Master’s Pro World Championships.
Contrary to what many people think, the level of competition at the Master’s Pro events is very high. The majority of the athletes that compete in these events can still compete against athletes half their age.
The IFBB believes that athletes over 35 can still contribute to the sport and creating events for them to compete in at a professional level has been applauded.
The 2020 IFBB Elite Pro World Master Championships took place in the Czech Republic between 19-20 December, 2020.
The Elite Pro World Master Championships were included in the Fitness Mania Classic IV event.
The Master Bikini title was won by Hungary’s Karina Gavrikova. Karina is one of the most consistent athletes with the IFBB Elite Pro Division.
Being a consistent competitor, Karina is a consistently places in the top 5 and also has a number of titles to be proud of.
Tomas Kaspar, who is another popular athlete within the IFBB Elite Pro Division took home the IFBB Elite Pro Master World Championship Bodybuilding title.
In other results Slovakia’s Alzbeta Petkova took home the Master Bodyfitness World Championship title while Brigitta Bekefi won the Bikini class.
The amateur event was also an exciting affair with over 145 athletes stepping on the competition stage.
Evolutionofbodybuilding.net would like to congratulate IFBB President Dr. Rafael Santonja, the IFBB Executives and all the affiliated federations for another successful season.
We look forward for a very successful 2021!!
2020 IFBB Elite Pro World Champions
2020 IFBB Elite Pro Master World Champions