Coronavirus knocks out Mr. Samoa
The Bodybuilding Federation of Samoa (B.B.F.S.) has cancelled this Saturday's Mr. Samoa Championships due to the "evolving situation with COVID-19."
The event was originally due to be held last November, but was postponed until January and then March due to the measles epidemic in Samoa.
Now the Mr. Samoa Championships has been cancelled outright no thanks to another public health issue; the novel coronavirus that has forced the Ministry of Health to put the country on high alert.
"We are saddened to have to cancel our national event but ultimately, the health and safety of athletes, officials, spectators and event organisers is our first priority," said B.B.F.S. President Magele Johannas Keil in a statement.
"We are especially gutted as athletes that have prepared for months with strict diets and gruelling training routines will be hit hard by the difficult decision."
B.B.F.S.'s decision to cancel the event falls in line with the Ministry of Health's advice to avoid mass gatherings as a preventive measure.
Samoa is set to hold the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness South Pacific Oceania Championship at the end of September.