Roelly Winklaar Out Of Arnold Classic 2021

Sources have confirmed that Bodybuilder Roelly Winklaar will not compete at the 2021 Arnold Classic.

Roelly Winklaar was set to be one of the biggest names on stage on Saturday at the 2021 Arnold Classic but that might not be the case. The IFBB Pro bodybuilder known as the the “Dutch Beast,” Winklaar is going to miss the contest with an undisclosed medical issue.

On Tuesday September 21st 2021, a list of competitors was released on the official website of the Arnold Classic. Roelly Winklaar was not one of the athletes listed. This event will take place on Saturday Sept. 25, in Columbus, Ohio. Winklaar has not yet officially said that he is out but an Instagram post on Tuesday could be telling.

“As the saying goes: “Fall down seven times, stand up eight.”
I believe there’s a higher purpose and a far bigger reason for everything in life. Notwithstanding that, I am far from done 😎 @yamamotonutrition


Roelly Winklaar officially joined the list of competitors for the Arnold Classic on June 29, along with New York Pro winner Nick Walker. With less than a week until competition, Winklaar appears to be out and there has not been a replacement named.

Winklaar is now the third name to withdraw from the competition. 2017 AC champion Cedric McMillan pulled out of the competition with an injury while Lionel Beyeke was forced to dropout because of travel restrictions due to COVID-19.

Over the years, Winklaar has put together an impressive career with 11 total victories. He has appeared in the Arnold Classic five times and is a nine-time Olympia competitor.

Winklaar is qualified to compete in this year’s 2021 Olympia. He will look to return to the biggest stage after a difficult year. Winklaar pulled out of the 2020 Arnold Classic to train for the 2020 Olympia. He was forced to miss that as well after testing positive for COVID. Winklaar was able to return during the Chicago Pro, where he placed fifth, and finished second to Nathan De Asha during the Europa Pro.

As of now, there are still 11 names set to compete on Saturday. Here is the full lineup as of Tuesday afternoon:

  • William Bonac
  • Maxx Charles
  • Seung Chul Lee
  • Mohamed El Eman
  • Steve Kuclo
  • Hassan Mostafa
  • Sergio Oliva Jr.
  • Justin Rodriguez
  • Iain Valliere
  • Akim Williams
  • Nick Walker

We will have to wait and see if Winklaar is able to get healthy in order to step on the biggest stage in 2021. The Olympia is set for Oct. 7-10 in Orlando.

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Greg Patuto
Greg has covered the four major sports for six years and has been featured on sites such as Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, SB Nation,, and FanSided. Now, he is transitioning into the world of bodybuilding and strength sports.