The FIBO 2020 expo has been postponed due to the continued spread of the coronavirus.
FIBO, one of the world’s largest bodybuilding and fitness trade show expos, has been postponed. According to the official announcement on the FIBO website, the postponing of the event is due to the continued spread and risk present of the coronavirus. The expo was originally planned to be held in April.
Silke Frank, portfolio director of FIBO Global Fitness Events stated,
“This is not a decision we have taken lightly; our customers, partners, and the FIBO team worked incredibly hard on this event. While it is disappointing to postpone, it is imperative that we prioritize the health and seafety of everyone involved. Our goal remains to provide the best customer value for everyone attending FIBO.”
The official announcement states that the expo will be rescheduled to the second half of 2020, though no specific date has been given yet. Purchased tickets for the event will remain valid.
The announcement further states that the FIBO team will communicate closely with customers and partners over the coming weeks to keep “oour world of Global Fitness moving in the right direction during this difficult period and is looking together with Cologne Messe for the best available dates in the second half of the year.”
The FIBO expo hosts more than 1,000 exhibitors and averages approx. 145,000 visitors from over 130 countries every year.
This isn’t the first bodybuilding event to be postponed due to the coronavirus, and is hardly the first public event to be cancelled or rescheduled across the world outside of fitness. Recent reports reveal that the coronavirus is now present in over 50 countries and the World Health Organization’s risk assessment now at the highest level.
As the coronavirus spread seems to escalate, will there be other bodybuilding events down the road effected? And how long will this virus effect public gatherings across the globe? Only time will tell – but please everyone, wash your hands frequently. It sounds like a small gesture, but it can be a big help as more countries become at risk for the coronavirus.
Generation Iron will continue to update this story as it develops.