Finally dealing with the pro card inflation.
I believe this means winners of the USA's, Nationals, and Team Universe may no longer be grandfathered in to professional IFBB competition.
no.....they will still "CONTINUE to recognize and support" pro qualifying
events in the states....
the only changes now is that IFBB is starting their own
AMATEUR league...will this also mean, there will be amateur IFBB
shows in the states...???.....they didn't say, remains to be seen I guess.
I assume the reason for the NEW OLYMPIA AMATUER this weekend as well...
I feel the reason is to attract "business" from amateur's OUT of the U.S.
will this mean they are cutting down on "PRO CARDS" in the states...???
who knows for now....
this is what I'm getting from the letter...
British UKBFF overall winner still gets pro status with IFBB. Always been the case. This is not changing. What are you talking about ? IFBB and separated from NPC whatever but IFBB still recognises English bodybuilding federation/ UK bodybuilding and fitness federation UKBFF.this just plain fucks any non American competitor....for 2017 anyway who wanted to turn pro at one of the big events outside of USA
it doesn't remove much excess procards as for the most part they have been hard to get hold off anyway and limited to just an overall winner of a big show like an Arnold or European Champs or Asian Champs.
so many are prepping for the weekends Arnold Europe...to try win a pro card. as IFBB Amateur are the judges.....no pro card.
British Champs...now no pro card (only one card a year to the overall)
Amatuer Olympia Asia....now no pro card (only overall winners get this....national champs nope)
EVLS Prague....now no pro card
earliest one for Europeans is now San Marino (as it will use NPC officials)
next year though its good news ...
for example a London Pro Am - first pro show for years - and allows people from other feds to compete....
it also means rule changes
IFBB Amateur Judging is normally 7 to 12 judges with the top two and bottom two scorecards removed to take away bias......with officials from a host of countries at the international shows and rotated around. The head judge doesn't judge he just acts as the officiator to oversea that rules are kept and scorecards aren't out ....
so IFBB amateur has very specific rules for posing etc... ie the dorian style side tricep... no bikini bend over posing...... judging is different also.... finals and posing are scored in IFBB amateur....its not the usual prejudge then go eat burger and fries..
mens physique outside USA are generally smaller...as per IFBB rules (they have a muscular mens physique category)
Classic Physique (Euro style) is posing trunks - not the hotpants..... and much tighter weight limits (and no classic poses per sey)
so its a few things to deal with....
lets see what happens as many IFBB Amateurs (mid east, eastern Europe, china) are state sponsored like Olympics and get paid, housing and medal bonus's. for those it doesn't make sense to jump ship
for others who want the US catagories and pro cards then of course it does....
so will be a pain for the next few months until the dust settles and its all clear..
this has been planned for sometime though....Vegas Olympia Amateur fallout was just the perfect timing to then fire back.......
British UKBFF overall winner still gets pro status with IFBB. Always been the case. This is not changing. What are you talking about ? IFBB and separated from NPC whatever but IFBB still recognises English bodybuilding federation/ UK bodybuilding and fitness federation UKBFF.
IFBB & UKBFF are cool and on same terms as before. no change for us.
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Seems no one is understanding this. IFBB and NPC did not part ways.
IFBB Pro league is no longer recognizing the IFBB Amateur league. So you can not become an IFBB pro by winning an amateur Olympia ect. You can only tun IFBB pro via NPC or one of the organizations the NPC will recognize in each respected country.
remember - and this is the confusion - there are 3 parties here
IFBB Pro league (Manion/Bob Chick etc - Olympia, NY Pro etc etc)
IFBB International - (Santoja) this is basically like the NPC but for everyone OUTSIDE of the USA
NPC - national fed for the USA
whats been the case before is that ..
in the USA - you win procard by winning or coming second at an NPC national show
everywhere else..... you win overall at an Arnold , AM Olympia, Continental Championship, Diamond Cup etc etc
NPC have now basically gone international.....and are saying only shows they recognize will be able to hand out procards
IFBB International was previously organizer of this outside of the US bar a small amount of countries which issue pro cards to national winners (Australia, NZ, USA....most countries don't give out pro cards to national champs.....for example in Asia overall winners at National Champs don't get a pro card)
IFBB international are now running there own 'cards' but these aren't the pro cards that get you into the pro shows we all know