Developed by Ilkka Kinnunen and Marcel Mostert, "a new episode in strongman" has been announced today: Strongman Champions League.
The Strongman Champions League, which Ilkka Kinnunen and Marcel Mostert describe as, "a new episode in strongman," was announced today. IronMind® | Logo courtesy of Marcel Mostert.
"This is what people want; this is what people understand; this is what the competitors want," Mostert told IronMind® today.
Following is the official statement, as released by Marcel Mostert and Ilkka Kinnunen:
"A complete series of 10-12 competitions, that will take place all over the world, but most of the competitions will be held in Europe. The very best IFSA champions, referees and their organizers will be the guarantee of a great new, fresh excitement in strongman sport. The competition venues are the best which each country can offer and it will include the country's own traditional elements."
Champions League competitions "will be televised and spread all over the world," the statement continued. "All competitions will be shown guaranteed in their organising countries, Asia and on Eurosport 1 and 2. More channels will follow. This means already a reach of 800 million viewers and weekly shown episodes!
Main structure of the Strongman Champions League:
1) Each competition has a prize money total of 15 - 20,000 USD
2) A minimum of 12 athletes will compete in each contest
3) All points will be cumulated for a Champions League Winner at the end of the year! This will be done over best 8 out of 10 competition
4) Rules will be done officially as usual in all IFSA competitions
5) The top 3 will be directly placed in the IFSA World Championships
6) The whole league will have high profile standard strongman events with the same graphics, film leader and point system
7) Multiple broadcasting all over the world"
Mostert's statement also included the following competition calendar as confirmed:
1) 22-03 CL LATVIA*
2) 05-04 CL DUBAI
3) 10-05 CL SERBIA
4) 01-06 CL HOLLAND
5) 21-06 CL BULGARIA
6) 19-07 CL GERMANY (?)
7) 02-08 CL LITHUANIA
8) 09-08 CL HUNGARY
9) 16-08 CL ROMANIA
10) 29-08 CL FINLAND
*Note that dates are in European format, day-month, and CL stands for Champions League.
China, Ukraine and Russia are on the waiting list, Mostert said.
Ilkka Kinnunen and Marcel Mostert, the founders of the Strongman Champions League, are longtime strongman promoters, with major contests to their credit worldwide. Christian Fennell "will work on further broadcasting for the Champions League in USA and Canada, and revising the World Championships," the statement said.
"All together we think that this is a perfect platform of competitions that will lead to another great World Championship," Mostert's statement said.
The first Strongman Champions League competition will be held in Riga, Latvia on March 22, with "local hero and strongman Raimunds Bergmanis" working as an announcer.