Following was issued by the 2009 East Asian Games (Hong Kong ) Limited:
The 2009 East Asian Games (Hong Kong) Limited announced today that the East Asian Games Association (EAGA) has decided to exclude the sport of Bodybuilding from the 5th East Asian Games (EAG) which will be held in early December this year.
A EAG Company spokesman pointed out that due to the lack of consensus between the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) and Asian Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (ABBF) on the appointment of International Technical Officials and Judges, the EAGA has to cancel the Bodybuilding event in the coming Hong Kong 2009 East Asian Games.
In the absence of a list of competent Bodybuilding Technical Delegates and Judges duly recognized by IFBB and ABBF, the EAGA considered it inappropriate to organize the Bodybuilding events with Bodybuilding Judges directly appointed by EAGA as the competition results of the events may be challenged by various stakeholders at the end of the day.
Bodybuilding has not been held in previous EAGs. Despite the cancellation, the 5th EAG will continue to be the largest EAG in history in terms of number of sports and athletes. “It will still stage around 1,700 competitions of the 22 sports, with over 3,000 athletes from nine participating countries and regions, vying for 262 gold medals,” the spokesman said.
“Preparation work for the Games is in good progress and on schedule,” he added.
Ends/Tuesday, July 21, 2009