The battle lines will be drawn come July 15 next when the Guyana Amateur Body Building and Fitness Federation (GABBFF) hosts its marquee event, Senior Nationals at the new venue, Parc Rayne Event Centre, located at Rahaman’s Turn, Houston, Eats Bank Demerara.
President of the federation Coel Marks yesterday informed Kaieteur Sport that the cost to rent the original venue is prohibitive so alternative arrangements had to put in place, thus the new venue.
This year’s competition is expected to be intense with the usual gladiators expected on stage. Reigning champion, USA based Bruce Whatley who got past the previous champion Kerwyn Clarke is not expected to have an easy walk this time around as Clarke and other contenders are currently in preparatory mode ahead of what is anticipated to be a fierce showdown.
The Men’s Physique segment of the competition is also expected to be fanatical with the likes of reigning champion; Yannick Grimes set to be tested by rivals including Emmerson Campbelle.
Marks has indicated that he is expecting a much better response from female athletes for this year’s competition and the federation is expected to pay visits to the out of city areas in the coming days.
Admission for Parc Rayne on Sunday July 15 is $2,500 with muscle flexing set to begin shortly after the official opening at 19:00hrs.
Meanwhile, the Central American and Caribbean Championships are set for Mexico City from July 27-29 and Marks has notified that some at
hletes have already been selected including Yannick Grimes and Emmerson Campbelle for the Men’s Physique competition.
Kerwyn Clarke will be seeking top honours in the Body Building category and would be joined by two more athletes who will be shortlisted following next month’s seniors. On the distaff side, already set to take the stage are Alisha Fortune and Chandani Khan for Bikini and Women’s Physique.
GABBFF Executive Member, Ms Junica Pluck would be part of the Management Team accompanying the athletes to Mexico. (Franklin Wilson)
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