YOUNG bodybuilder Ivan Loh is keeping his fingers crossed for a ‘clean’ competition during the Mr Penang 2016 Bodybuilding Championship on May 1.
Just like last year, the 21-year-old will start as the pre-tournament favourite in the junior (Under-21) category.
And he wants to win the Mr Penang title this year to make up for his bad experience in last year’s competition.
“I was the favourite to win last year but ended up second afterlosing to a competitor who managed to bulk up his body in a very short period of time.
“The same competitor went on to represent Penang in the Mr Malaysia 2015 championship, and was disqualified from the event for failing a doping test.
“I don’t mind losing to a better rival, but since this will be my final year in the junior category, I’m praying that there will not be any ‘tainted’ competitors in this year’s competition,” he said.
Ivan, who trains at the Team Powerhouse Fitness Gym in Island Plaza and the Super Gym in Burmah Road, has set his eyes on doing well at the four-day Mr Malaysia 2016 competition in Miri, Sarawak, from May 20.
“My target is not just to clinch the state-level junior title but also to bring glory to Penang by doing well at the national championship.”
The one-day Mr Penang 2016 Bodybuilding Championship will be held at the Bukit Jambul Shopping Complex with 11 categories in three major classes – junior, seniors and masters – to be contes-ted.
The two events in the junior class are the 70kg and below, and above 70kg categories.
The masters competition is opened to bodybuilders aged 45 and above.
The nine categories in the seniors class are light flyweight (below 55kg), flyweight (below 60kg), bantamweight (below 65kg), lightweight (below 70kg), welterweight (below 75kg), light middleweight (below 80kg), middleweight (below 85kg) and light heavyweight (below 90kg).
The Penang Bodybuilders Association is expecting more than 100 competitors in the state to sign up for the annual tournament.
The Mr Penang 2016 will be utilised to select Penang’s representatives to the national and international meets.