The IFBB-EVLS Showdown in Prague was one of three events across a busy weekend of bodybuilding action ©IFBB

The International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) are celebrating a busy period, with no less than three events taking place across Europe at the weekend. 

Between September 27 and October 1, the trio of competitions involving more than 1,000 athletes from more than 30 countries took place.

Action started on September 27 in Prague with the second edition of the IFBB-EVLS Showdown.

IFBB President Dr. Rafael Santonja was in attendance as more than 3,000 spectators and more than 400 athletes from three continents competed in over 20 categories.

Over 400 kilometres from Prague, Poland then hosted the IFBB Diamond Cup Katowice between September 29 and 30.

Due to the relatively short distance between Katowice and Prague, a large number of athletes from Europe, Asia and Africa also took part in the event.

Szymon Lada won the Diamond Cup in Katowice ©IFBB
Szymon Lada won the Diamond Cup in Katowice ©IFBB

Polish bodybuilder Szymon Lada claimed the heavyweight title on home soil with a perfect score of five points from the judges.

His victory now allows him to apply for the IFBB Elite Pro status.

Completing the busy weekend was the final British Qualifier, held in Bedworth on October 1.

More than 200 athletes affiliated to the United Kingdom Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation took part.

Led by IFBB secretary general William Tierney, the winners of all classes will now go on to compete in the British Championships in Nottingham on October 14 and 15.