Maltese athletes compete

THE BATTLE: Maltese athletes compete for 2018 Arnold Classic Europe qualification. 

Successful athletes qualified for the prestigious 2018 Arnold Classic Europe in Barcelona

On 25 August, 2018 over 500 bodybuilding and fitness fans gathered at the Corinthia San Gorg for ‘The Battle’, the yearly summer competition organised by the Malta Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness (MFBBF). The MFBBF is affiliated to the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB), the world governing body of this sport.

The event featured over 40 athletes in Bikini Fitness, Wellness, Bodyfitness, Men’s Physique and  Bodybuilding, including number of fantastic guest appearances, and a spectacular demonstration of Children’s Fitness, which will be introduced officially at the next National competition in April next year.

Children Fitness is the only IFBB sport division available for children, subdivided in various age categories, consisting of a posing round and a routine to music, which may include aerobics, dance and gymnastics.

‘The Battle’ has developed into a highly anticipated fan-favourite summer highlight and established itself as a permanent fixture on the local bodybuilding and fitness competition calendar, qualifying local athletes for the prestigious Arnold Classic Europe (ACE) this September in Barcelona (Spain), and the IFBB autumn season.

The outstanding athletes Mandy Saliba, Graziella Gerada, Chantal Graziani,  Karim Mohammad A. Ibrahim, Bjorn Demicoli and Kurt Frendo won their respective categories and have qualified to represent Malta at the ACE in Barcelona. Furthermore, the IFBB autumn season will see a good number of Maltese athletes participating in various international events and Diamond Cups around Europe, showcasing their outstanding physiques and impressing the judges.

In these last few years MFBBF athletes have constantly achieved respectable results in all international IFBB competitions, particularly earlier this spring season when the Maltese team won a Silver and Gold medal – including Pro Card, at the Europeans, as well as very respectable results and several medals at the various Diamond Cups organised around Europe.

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