Breaking News: Amateur Olympia Lebanon canceled… promoters try to trick athletes.
The Amateur Olympia series of contests affiliated to the NPC/Pro League look to be having some trouble.
The Amateur Olympia Lebanon was originally going to take place in Lebanon on the 20th April, 2019.
Evolutionofbodybuilding.net have been informed that the government intervened and took the necessary steps to cancel the show.
As well the Pro League removed the contest from their contest schedule for 2019.
The reasons for the cancellation is that in Lebanon, the government only recognize one federation, and that is the IFBB, the original federation created by Ben Weider and Joe Weider and now headed by President Dr. Rafael Santonja.
The government recognizes the federation that is sanctioned under WADA rules and that is the IFBB.
What is sad is that the NPC/Pro League did not have the decency to notify their athletes that the show has been canceled.
The promoters (Elmoussawi Brothers) of the Amateur Olympia Lebanon changed their tactics and are now trying to trick the government and athletes from all over the world to compete in a new show scheduled for the same day.
The contest is now called the Lebanon Pro/Am. The poster is very misleading. There is no indication of what federation the contest is affiliated to. The indication that it is a NPC/Pro League NPC show is that Big Ramy and Brandon Curry are scheduled to be guest posers.
As well they indicate that pro cards will be offered. Most probably NPC/Pro Cards will be offered to the winners, if the show takes place.
The promoters look to be trying to trick the government officials, they even changed the logo of the federation, but it still resembles the original NPC/Pro League logo.
This tactic from the promoters is going to confuse athletes as the official NPC/Pro League logos are not on the poster.
The promoters also removed all photos published on their official Instagram page that indicated they are affiliated with the Amateur Olympia. Even changing the main photo of the page.