Medal winners pose on the podium at The 2021 Dubai Muscle Classic tournament held in Dubai.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The 2021 Dubai Muscle Classic, the biggest bodybuilding competition Dubai has ever seen, concluded at Dubai World Trade Centre on Sunday with 309 participants representing 43 nationalities competing over two days for a share of the $20,000 prize purse on offer.
The event, organised in collaboration with Dubai Sports Council and Emirates Bodybuilding Federation, saw competition across nine categories on Saturday and Sunday, with both men and women taking part, and the sessions were streamed live on YouTube where more than to 42,000 viewers tuned in across two days.
However, there were no fans in attendance at Dubai World Trade Centre as the organisers, in line with ongoing government guidelines, decided to hold the competition without public attendance.
"We are committed to following all government guidelines and advice to ensure the safety of our competitors and the wider public,” the organisers said in a statement.
"As organisers, our business model includes the ability to sell tickets to attendees, but we understand and appreciate the training and dedication that our athletes go through to prepare for a competition. As such, a postponement of the event would not have been fair to them.
"We hope local bodybuilding fans understand the situation, and we look forward to welcoming them back to a show in the future when we are able to accommodate them.” One of the participants was India’s Naveen Chanda Kulkarni, who had flown in from the central Indian city of Nagpur for the Dubai Muscle Classic.
A regular at Mr Olympia in Las Vegas as the prestigious Arnold Classic in Melbourne, Australia, Kulkarni took part in the demanding Men’s Physique category, where the prime requirement for a contestant is to display proper shape and symmetry, along with muscularity and good overall condition.
Talking about his experience, Kulkarni told his hometown newspaper, Lokmat: "The magnitude of these events is so huge that they always help. Moreover, one gets to interact with like-minded people, share experiences and also learn about the latest trends and techniques in the global health and fitness industry.”
As life springs back to normalcy in the country following weeks of lockdown due to COVID-19, Dubai Sports Council has stepped up its efforts to restore the Emirate’s sports sector to full capacity by announcing two major decisions on Thursday. Under-12 and Over-60 can now take part in sports activities.
In December, Dubai will host the World Finals of the third annual Girl Gamer E-Sports Festival – the world’s most recognised female-focused e-sports competition from Dec.12-14.
The multi-purpose Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai is one of the most important sports destinations of choice for training, where athletes enjoy its unique environmentally-friendly design and the diversity of its halls and swimming pools.
"I think young players should see him as a role model as he is still competing with them in domestic events and that shows how mentally strong he has been. "He is looking good and that shows he wants to go on a high."
Organised under the aegis of Dubai Sports Council, the events attracted more than 25,000 in-person spectators, including thousands of boisterous supporters at the IPL finale.
The highly-anticipated card will take place at MotoSpace on Friday, November 26, and will be broadcast live in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank, and worldwide on IFL TV.