On September 24th, at 2 PM, the pre-judging session began—a stark contrast to the upcoming lively grand event. This preliminary evaluation bore weight, especially for Sergio Oliva and Roy Callender. Regrettably, they faced disqualification due to their involvement in unsanctioned events. An unforeseen twist emerged as Franco Columbu was also barred for his participation in a professional contest. The IFBB took an unprecedented stance, prohibiting contestants’ entry to underscore their commitment to rules and legitimacy. This marked a vital stride to establish the IFBB’s status within international athletic organizations.
Come September 25th, the defending champion, Arnold Schwarzenegger, returned. Laden with determination, he undertook his choreographed poses, unchallenged. In an enigmatic turn, no rival contested his dominion. Solitary, he navigated this symphony of poses, etching his presence onto history’s canvas.