In 2011 the Arnold Classic Europe had interesting points of view when 14-year old Inga Molla won the bikini division. There were people who thought she should not have been allowed to compete or win, while others accepted her win gladly. However, in 2013 it is the disqualification of IFBB Pro Cedric McMillan at the Arnold Classic Brazil that has competitors and fans up in arms. Some in his defense, while others believe that the rules are the rules, and they should be followed.
Twitter was abuzz with athletes who agreed and disagreed with the disqualification. Many stated he should have known better than to miss a meeting, while supporters on his behalf believed a disqualification is a heavy penalty after the grueling weeks of contest prep.
When news broke that McMillan was disqualified from the Arnold Classic Brasil, it was under the assumption that McMillan was disqualified for tardiness to the athlete’s meeting. However, head judge Lee Thomson explains that McMillan did not show up to the athletes meeting, and instead sent a representative.
Cedric wasn’t here competing tonight becase he chose to skip hte athlete’s meeting yesterday; on his accord. Accoring to IFBB by-laws all athltes are required to attend the meeting. Cedric opted to send a representative to represent him at the athletes meeting choosing to stay at the hotel. Clear violation of the rules, we gave him a period of time to get to the meeting in which he did not do. At that time it was left up ot the promoter to determine whether he would compete or not compete. From the IFBB perspective, he will be sanctioned and recieve a letter and also a fine.
Interview with IFBB Judge Lee Thomson after the 2013 Arnold Classic Brasil