Tampa Pro under threat as coronavirus cases continue to rise in Florida.
Just when the world thought it was getting back to normal, the coronavirus nightmare is back again.
As cases in Europe have declined drastically the same cannot be said for the USA.
With many believing the coronavirus is not as serious as it is reported to be, the cases in the USA continue to rise with Florida being the worse hit.
According to Reuters, Florida and Texas, two states that have emerged as the latest hot spots of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak, both reported record daily increases in confirmed COVID-19 cases on Saturday – with nearly 20,000 additional infections combined.
Bad news for the Pro League
This is bad news for the bodybuilding and fitness world, especially the pro athletes in the Pro League.
With the Tampa Pro scheduled to take place at the end of July (July 30 – August 2, 2020), numerous pro athletes are looking forward to this event to try to earn their qualification for the 2020 Olympia Weekend.
Athletes such as Big Ramy, Sergio Oliva Jr, Steve Kuclo, Maxx Charles and numerous others could be seriously planning to compete in Tampa to earn qualification for the Olympia Weekend.
One athlete that has been focused on this competition is Hunter Labrada, the son of legendary bodybuilder Lee Labrada.
Hunter has been posting numerous photos of his condition leading at the competition gets closer.
The competition is also a NPC National Qualifier.
Show Promoter Tim Gardner’s last official post about the event was two days ago on his official Instagram page.
Gardner will be under a lot of pressure at the moment after the rise in coronavirus cases in Florida.
The health of the athletes and spectators must be his first priority and cancelling the show could be a reality.
Athletes will surely think twice about going to Florida and international athletes will still have a very difficult time to enter the USA with all the restrictions in place.
Tim Gardner will have to consider if he will let the athletes continue to prep for this show or notify them before and not leave it to the last minute.
The official competitors list has not been published as of 5 July, 2020.
It is a very difficult time for all show promoters.
The Tampa Pro is historically one of the last shows to qualify for the Olympia Weekend. With what has happened in 2020 with the coronavirus, the Tampa Pro is literally one of the most important shows on the Pro League schedule.
This site has sent questions to Tim Gardner, no answer has been sent at the time of publishing this article.
Hopefully in the near future we will have more information about this event from the show promoters.
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