With its recognition as World Elite Amateur Ranking and Elite Pro Card Qualifier event, the 2018 IFBB Belt & Road Grand Prix, scheduled for next September 17th – 22nd, in Xi´an (China); will be one of the most challenging sports events, in this 2018 season.
The “Belt & Road Initiative” (BRI) is a development strategy proposed by Chinese Government that focuses on connectivity and cooperation between Eurasian countries, the land-based Silk Road Economic Belt, the ocean-going Maritime Silk Road and China. This means that 65 IFBB-affiliated National Federations will be invited to register their athletes, at this event that will be held in Xi´an -one of the oldest cities in China- considered the starting point of Silk Road, and one of the 13 emerging megacities, in the country.
The 2018 IFBB Belt & Road Grand Prix, organized by the Chinese Bodybuilding Association (CBBA) with outstanding support from Government and Xi´an city authorities, will spread up to 80.000 $, in cash prizes, besides the points for the World Ranking and Elite Pro Cards offered for the Top athletes. The Top 3 athletes, in every Super Final, will receive between 8.000 $ – 10.000 $, depending on the IFBB sports discipline.
Picture: CBBA President, Mr. Zhang Haifeng, receiving the IFBB Spirit of Sport Award, from Dr. Rafael Santonja, at the 2017 World Bodybuilding Championships (Benidorm).