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2019 Suva Classics Bodybuilding Competition Starts Today

The Fiji Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation said the competition will be a platform for local athletes to get exposure and boost their chances for international opportunities.
06 Jul 2019 16:39
2019 Suva Classics Bodybuilding Competition Starts Today
Defending 2018 Suva Classics Men’s Open Physique champion Jordan Pillay. Photo: Sheldon Chanel

Fiji’s bodybuilders will get a rare chance to take centre stage at the 2019 Suva Classics which starts at the Holiday Inn in Suva today.

Around 25 athletes are expected to compete at the event, with each eyeing a place in the national team for October’s South Pacific Bodybuilding Championship in New Caledonia.

No women have registered for the event.

The athletes will compete in the Open Men’s Physique category and the bodybuilding division, from which 13-15 athletes will be selected to represent Fiji in New Caledonia.

There is also an open category for Pacific Islanders residing in Fiji.

The Fiji Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation said the competition will be a platform for local athletes to get exposure and boost their chances for international opportunities.

It also aims to boost the overall development and growth of the sport, the federation said in a press release.

Defending 2018 Suva Classics Men’s Open Physique champion Jordan Pillay. Photo: Sheldon Chanel

Defending 2018 Suva Classics Men’s Open Physique champion Jordan Pillay. Photo: Sheldon Chanel

“It’s not always about building muscles but also raising awareness on mental discipline and simply staying fit and healthy,” it said.

Bodybuilding, which is sometimes confused with weightlifting, is one of Fiji’s so-called minor sports.

However, there are a growing number of enthusiasts actively engaged in developing the sport behind the scenes.

They point to bodybuilding’s health benefits as a key factor in driving their passion for the sport.

Defending 2018 Suva Classics Open Men’s Physique champion Jordan Pillay, who is eyeing his second title, has called on people to support the event.

He believes there is a lot potential for the sport to succeed in Fiji.

Fiji hosted its first South Pacific Championships at Suva’s Grand Pacific Hotel last year.

The competition brought together athletes from across the region for a day of intense competition.

‘Fijian Superman’ Jekesoni Yanuyanudrua was crowned Mr South Pacific after winning two gold medals at the event.

Edited by Grace Narayan

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