With just over three weeks to show time, the ‘Stage of Champions’ is picking up steam, adding Subs and Salads and Life’s Gym to the list of sponsors for the bodybuilding event.
Yesterday, during simple ceremonies, representatives of the entities handed over sponsorship cheques to the show’s organiser, Videsh Sookram, who, thanked them for the kind gesture.
November 3 was selected by Sookram as the date he will host the third edition of ‘Stage of Champions’ which is billed for the Theatre Guild.
According to Sookram, the show, which attracts international competitors because of the lucrative cash prizes on offer, is set to be of a higher calibre than previous years.
He stated that besides musclemen and women from Trinidad, St Maarten, Suriname and Antigua, he is optimistic that recently crowned national bodybuilding, men’s physique and bikini champions, Kerwin Clarke, Emmerson Campbell and Chandini Khan will compete on stage.
If the trio competes, Khan, and Clarke – a five-time national champion, will be making their debuts. Campbell won the physique segment in 2016 and 2017 and would be gunning for a three-peat.
The organiser also appealed to other corporate entities for support.
“We are still looking for sponsors so we can give some more incentives to the athletes but I am sure the corporate community will support once we start getting the word out there,” said Sookram.
Last year, the bodybuilding, physique and bikini champions took home $250,000, $100,000 and $100,000 respectively.
The second and third place finishers in bodybuilding secured $130,000 and $100,000 while the first and second runners up in physique and bikini pocketed $50,000 and $25,000 in that order.