The Indy Pro has officially ended after years of competition.
There are certain shows over the course of the bodybuilding season that gain more attention than others. The Indy Pro was in that category. Known as one of the top shows of the year, the Indy Pro held an Olympia qualification for winners but it looks like the 2022 event will be the last. In a recent announcement, Dave Bowers has decided to end the IFBB Indy Pro after seven years of competition.
Over the years, the Indy Pro has featured some of the top talent in bodybuilding. Blessing Awodibu won this year’s competition, taking the crown from Justin Rodriguez. Steve Kuclo became a back-to-back champion after winning the show in 2018 and 2019.
Bowers decided to make the decision because of many aspects, from “family” to “logistics business.”
Dave Bowers: “IFBB Indy Pro Has Retired”
Bowers took to the official Indy Pro Instagram account to make the announcement on Thursday afternoon.
“IT’S BEEN A WONDERFUL 7 YEARS GETTING TO KNOW SO MANY GREAT ATHLETES, SPONSORS AND SPECTATORS. WE’RE BLESSED THE IFBB & NPC SUPPORTED US EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. THIS DECISION IS SOLELY BASED ON THE NEED TO FOCUS MY TIME ON OUR LOGISTICS BUSINESSES, EMPLOYEES, AND FAMILY. THANK YOU ALL FOR EVERYTHING….. MAYBE YOU’LL SEE ME ON STAGE IN THE FUTURE. YOURS IN BODYBUILDING, DB”
Following the announcement, there are many athletes who have made statements in the comment section. This includes the likes of Nathan Epler and Hassan Mostafa. Yumon Eaton also commented after making his pro debut at this year’s event.
The Indy Pro will be missed moving forward because of the impact that it had on bodybuilding as a whole. Now, competitors will have to focus on other shows in order to make up for the loss of the Indy Pro.