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Oct 03, 2018

Grand Stage set for India’s Biggest Bodybuilding Spectacle

T.V. Balasubramanian
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Pune: More than 400 leading male and female Body Building and Physique Sports

athletes, representing 28 Asian countries, will showcase their perfectly toned and muscular

bodies as they compete for the top honours in the 52 nd Asian Body Building and Physique

Sports Championship, to be held at the Shri Shiv Chatrapati Sports Complex, Mhalunge, Balewadi,

Pune from October 4 to 7, 2018.

This was announced at a press meet and greet session in the presence of Mr Datuk Paul Chua,

Secretary General - World Body Building and Physique Sports Federation, President- Asian Body

Building and Physique Sports Federation, Mr Sugree Supawarikul- Secretary General- Asian Body

Building and Physique Sports Federation, Ms Christina Kam, Executive Director, WBPF, along with

Mr Chetan Pathare, General Secretary of the Indian Body Builders Federation, Asst Secretary-

World and Asian Body Building and Physique Sports Federation, Premchand Degra, President-

IBBF, Swamy Ramesh, Treasurer, IBBF, Prashant Apte, President, Maharashtra Bodybuilding

Association and key officials of the Indian Body Builders Federation.

The Indian Body Builders Federation (IBBF), recognized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and

Sports, Government of India will be organising and hosting the 52 nd Asian Body Building and

Physique Sports Championship under the auspices of the Asian Bodybuilding & Physique Sports

Federation (ABBF) and will be hoping the strong Indian contingent can make the most of this

opportunity on this international platform.

The hopes of the Indian contingent will rest on the strong shoulders of in-form athletes Sunit

Jadhav and Yatinder Singh, while Sarita Devi (Manipur), Mamta Devi (Delhi), Sanjana Dalak (Uttar

Pradesh) and Ankita Singh (Karnataka) will lead in women's Physique sports categories. Special

participation of Nishrin Parikh (Maharashtra) at the age of 52 years will add weight to the Indian

contingent.

The Indian athletes will face stiff competition from Thailand, Iran, Myanmar and Uzbekistan who

have fielded one of their best contingents so far.

Speaking to the media, Datuk Paul Chua said, “Competition in a total of 52 events in various

categories will be conducted for junior men and women and Senior men and women body building

and physique sports categories, during the event.” He further added, “We are reviving the

Physically Challenged category after 20 years to encourage Physically Challenged athletes.”

Sugree Supawarikul- Secretary General- Asian Body Building and Physique Sports

Federation informed that “more than 400 athletes and 200 officials from more than 28 countries

would participate in this prestigious continental championship.”Speaking on the occasion, Chetan Pathare, General Secretary, IBBF said,“At Indian Body Builders

Federation, it has been our constant endeavour to promote the sport of bodybuilding, and

towards achieving this massive goal, we have always conceptualized interesting events that will

elicit maximum participation. After hosting a successful Mr. World in 2014, this time IBBF is

extremely delighted to host the 52 nd Asian Body Building and Physique Sports Championship

2018, in India. It is one such prestigious initiative, where over 400 athletes with 200 Officials will

participate from over 28 Asian Countries. We have also ensured that all the athletes participating

are provided the best of amenities, which will enable them to put their best foot forward. Here’s

wishing all the participants the very best for the upcoming championship.”