More than one century ago, on September 14th, 1901; took place in London´s Royal Albert Hall (UK), a contest organized by famous anglo-german physical culture entrepreneur Eugen Sandow called simply “The Great Competition. That was the first major physique competition the world had ever seen. Top 3 winners won an extraordinary prize: a beautifully sculpted statuette of Sandow himself, in bronze, silver and gold. This magnificent statue reappeared briefly, as a trophy, in 1950 and then was resurrected most gloriously of all at the Mr. Olympia contest of 1977, and it has remained the symbol of bodybuilding’s most coveted prize ever since.
Last weekend, in recent Olympia Amateur UK held in Liverpool, the UKBBF President, Mr. William Tierney and his wife, Wanda Tierney -both of them high executive officials from IFBB- made an stirring tribute to Eugene Sandow´s memory, joined by IFBB President Santonja´s wife; Mrs. Nieves Santonja: they presented to Mr. John Strong a copy of the iconic statuette, in front of a crowded Liverpool Echo Arena. As London in 1901, Liverpool made in 2015 another key moment for the history of Bodybuilding.