NPC Worldwide addresses coronavirus concern – Contests to continue as scheduled.
NPC/Pro League President Jim Manion issued a press release to address certain issues in relation to the coronavirus.
The decision to suspend the expo was made by the Governor of Columbus, Mike DeWine.
The only thing the Arnold Sports Festival organizers could do was count their losses and shutdown the expo.
This decision will surely hit the Arnold Sports Festival financially this year and could have serious consequences if the vendors are not given a full refund.
To avoid any confusion in regards to future competitions internationally, Jim Manion published a press release to confirm that the contests all over the world will continue as planned.
It is obvious that Manion would want all shows to continue as planned, but this cannot be guaranteed.
For example, Italy is totally shutdown. The majority of residents are ordered to stay in their homes and all major business and sports are at a standstill. Schools are closed and neighboring countries such as Spain and France are following.
Hopefully all will run smoothly, but the health of the fans and athletes have to come first and the governments will intervene when needed.
The official press release:
NPC & Professional League President Jim Manion Addresses Coronavirus Concern For Contests In The United States
March 10, 2020
In light of the incidents that happened last week to the NPC Worldwide Arnold Amateur and Arnold Classic and all associated Professional League contests in Columbus, Ohio, we felt the need to let everyone know that we have no plans to cancel any scheduled NPC and Professional League contests in the United States.
As always our athlete’s along with officials and fans in attendance, are our top priority. The NPC and Professional League is focused daily on updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States concerning COVID-19. As a reminder the CDC has encouraged traditional precautionary prevention measures and guidelines. We will continue to monitor this situation on a daily basis.
If there are to be any changes or cancellations to scheduled contests, it will be announced on all of our official website’s;
Also all of our related social media outlets.
We know that COVID-19 information is changing on a day-to-day basis and our members have their concerns and we consider them our top priority as we move forward in uncharted territory.
Yours In Health
NPC & Professional League President