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Ms. International Dropped from 2014 Arnold Sports Festival

The 2014 Arnold Sports Festival will add the IFBB 212 Men’s Bodybuilding division and will drop professional women’s bodybuilding. The Ms. International was one of the last remaining events that held women’s bodybuilding. Promoter Jim Lormier shared, “The Arnold Sports Festival was proud to support women’s bodybuilding through the Ms. International for the past quarter century.”


Arnold Classic 212 To Debut At 2014 Arnold Sports Festival
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Arnold Sports Festival will add the 212-pound professional men’s bodybuilding division to its IFBB Pro League contests in 2014, event promoter Jim Lorimer announced today.

The men’s bodybuilding lightweight division has become one of the IFBB Pro League’s most popular since being introduced in 2008 as the 202-pound division. The allowed weight was increased to 212 pounds effective November 2011.

The first-annual Arnold Classic 212 will be held Feb. 28, 2014. Prejudging will be held from noon-2 p.m. at the Arnold Fitness EXPO Stage, with finals sets for 7 p.m. that night at Veterans Memorial.

The Arnold Classic 212 will replace the Ms. International women’s bodybuilding competition at the Arnold Sports Festival. The Ms. International was part of the Arnold Sports Festival for 25 years, with Iris Kyle winning her record seventh title in 2013.

“The Arnold Sports Festival was proud to support women’s bodybuilding through the Ms. International for the past quarter century,” Lorimer said. “But in keeping with demands of our fans, the time has come to introduce the Arnold Classic 212 beginning in 2014. We are excited to create a professional competitive platform for some of the IFBB Pro League’s most popular competitors.”

The 2014 Arnold Sports Festival will again feature five IFBB Pro League events: men’s bodybuilding, 212 men’s bodybuilding, women’s fitness, figure and bikini.

The 2014 Arnold Sports Festival – which will once again feature 18,000 athletes from more than 80 nations competing in 45 sports and events – will be held Feb. 27-March 2, 2014. Arnold Classic 212, Fitness International and Figure International competitions will be held on Friday, Feb. 28 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Veterans Memorial. The 26th Annual Arnold Classic and Bikini International will be held on Saturday, March 1 at Veterans Memorial. The Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Bikini & Physique Championships will be held March Feb. 27-28 at Veterans Memorial and March 1 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Visit for more information. Tickets to all events will go on sale beginning at a later date at

Media Contacts:
Brent LaLonde Arnold Sports Festival
(614) 431-2600

Matt Lorz
Lorz Communications, Inc.
(614) 443-1877


  1. Frank Eubanks says:

    The Ms. International contest prejudging on Friday’s at the Arnold Expo stage was the most exciting to me event for me to watch. Next exciting was the Amateur Female Bodybuilding event on Saturday morning. Now I will be able to enjoy neither one. I think that the IBBF 20% rule out to be abolished also. I think that female bodybuilders should be allowed to bulk up to whatever their max is. To me, it is impossible for a female to be built like a man. No lady has a frame whereby she can pack on muscle like Jay Cutler does on his frame. Women’s bone structure is smaller and different from a man because women are structured to carry fetuses in their bellies. I believe that women’s bodybuilding contests should be judged the same way the men’s bodybuilding contests are judged. A woman’s bodybuilding contest should not be in part a beauty contest, but should be a 100% bodybuilding contest, like the men’s bodybuilding contests are. For example, in gymnastics, the men’s floor exercise is judged by judged by how well he performs on the mat. In the same way, the women’s floor exercise is not judged in part by her physical beauty, but is judged entirely by how well she performs on the mat. Also, there are no limitations on how much muscle those short women gymnasts can have on their frames. In the same way, I believe that in women’s bodybuilding should be judged solely on how well they display their muscles on their shredded bodies. No lady can become as lean as a man can because the ladies have fat in there breast which increases their overall bodyfat. Because women’s skins are thinner than men’s skins, they can look very shredded, but to me, there is no such thing as a woman in a bodybuilding posing outfit who looks like a man. None of them can look like Jay Cutler looks when he is posing in a bodybuilding contest.

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