An upcoming tournament featuring the best bodybuilders in Cayman and Jamaica has been postponed. It is expected to be held sometime next year on Grand Cayman.
The tournament will be hosted by the Cayman Islands Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (CIBFF). The tournament will highlight the premier bodybuilders in both Jamaica and Cayman.
According to Mrs. An-gela Sealy, President of the CIBFF, ‘about eleven Jamaican athletes were expected to come down to compete.’
‘The tournament was created to generate more interest in bodybuilding. We wanted to find a way to get more people in our sport. Hopefully next year, people will be more prepared financially and physically.’
The postponement comes as a result of the effect of the passing hurricanes and a lack of participants.
‘For the tournament, we only had three commit-ments [from local body-builders]. It would not be feasible for them [the visiting Jamaican squad] to come here and face just two or three competitors,’ Mrs. Sealy stated.
She then went on to comment on the damaging effect Hurricane Ivan had on local bodybuilders.
‘Hurricane Ivan affected local bodybuilders. They were not mentally prepared for competition and have been unable to resume the proper training. They were not prepared financially as well as body-building is an expensive sport due to the cost of the necessary nutritional supplements and vi-tamins.’
The CIBFF is currently looking for ways to coun-teract the lack of participa-tion through evaluating different methods by which to attract the public to the sport.
‘Right now, we are look-ing at making a committee for generating more inter-est or getting new blood in the sport,’ Mrs. Sealy said.
The organization is focused on educating the public in the future as well as searching for bright, young talent.
‘Our plan is to embark on an educational pro-gramme. We are considering holding events such as a school show, where there might be a Mr. School Boy or Ms. School Girl.
‘We are looking to go into the schools and other institutions to educate people about the preparation involved with becoming a bodybuilder,’ Mrs. Sealy said. ‘Lots of people see bodybuilding as just building muscle and going on-stage and showing off. It is a way to build self-esteem, especially in young people, and benefits them when playing other sports.’
For more information, contact Mrs. Angela Sealy at 925-3572.