This year’s Mr Olympia will be a Kai Greene-free event, after the shocking announcement from Kai that he’s been banned from attending the prestigious event. Just one week from the event, this is another moment of controversy surrounding the Mr Olympia competition.
There are several competing theories as to why this has happened. Sources close to Kai claim that this is due to a disagreement concerning Kai’s new supplement company Dynamik.
He requested a free 20×20 booth at the 2015 Mr. Olympia Expo and was denied. Sources state that the Expo demanded payment. A standoff took place, things escalated and the result? Kai Greene was banned from competing in the 2015 Mr. Olympia competition.
Aaron Singerman from Blackstone Labs has stated that this rumor is false, and that Kai Greene did in fact make every attempt to pay for a booth. His request was just flat out denied.
Whether either of these scenarios is true is debatable though, it seems monumentally petty of the IFBB (the governing body who runs the Mr Olympia competition) to ban one of their biggest names from competing over such a trivial issue. However, over the years many people have cottoned onto the politics that engulfs the Mr Olympia competition.
The IFBB have come out with a completely different reason as to why Kai Greene is absent, with one promoter claiming that it was due to Kai not signing his Mr Olympia contract in time. Something that all competitors must do at least one week prior to competition – and ideally several weeks earlier!
Could this be the reason?
Again, this seems like a pretty petty reason to deny one of the most famous bodybuilders in the world from competing. The “rules are rules” argument is sound, but you can’t help but feel that if this is the case – the IFBB are shooting themselves in the foot.
If Kai really did fail to register, then that’s pretty amateur on his part. Bodybuilding is a difficult career, and you can imagine that after training for several hours, prepping food, and running his business, admin can be a bit of a nightmare.
But this is the premier event in bodybuilding. Why would you fail to register?
Whatever is going on behind the scenes there is clearly an issue between the IFBB and Kai Greene. Fans of Kai will clearly blame the IFBB, while his detractors will point the blame at him. But as of right now it’s impossible to say who is correct.
All we can do is hope that Kai and the IFBB can resolve their issues, because Kai is without a doubt the biggest threat to Phil Heath in bodybuilding and is a fierce competitor.
As you can imagine, this latest twist has led to a large outcry from fans and members of the bodybuilding world. Most of the fans seem fairly convinced it’s the IFBB who’s at fault, as whether it’s based on Kai’s supplement company or a failed registration form, fans are saying the IFBB could easily sort this out if they wanted to.
On Facebook, Joe Donnelly stated:
“So one of the IFBB’s most beloved bodybuilders @officialkaigreene is not being allowed to compete due to some sort of contractual issue with American Media (AMI) which owns flex mag. It’s pretty pathetic how politics are crushing a dying sport and preventing the fan favorite from giving the fans what they love.”
Things have become so heated that Phil Heath has also deleted his Instagram account.
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