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Lee Priest's return to the IFBB will be decided on Olympia Weekend

by Allan Donnelly

April 8, 2008

FLEXONLINE.COM

For Lee Priest, the most important decision of the year will happen at the 2008 Olympia. For Priest, though, that decision won't be a result of anything that happens on stage at the Orleans Arena - it will be a result of the vote that takes place off it, as IFBB officials have decided to vote on whether or not to allow Priest back into the IFBB during Olympia Weekend.

"The IFBB Pro League meets annually at the Olympia concerning anything that is going to effect the sport," IFBB Professional League Chairman Jim Manion said. "In this case Lee Priest has reapplied, and we are going to consider letting him back in to the IFBB at that meeting. Last year [Priest's reinstatement] was voted upon and it was turned down."

Manion said if approved, Priest's reinstatement would be effective immediately following the 2008 Olympia, meaning he could choose to return at one of the European contests following the Olympia. As of now, the Holland Grand Prix is slated to follow the Olympia with one more European contest likely to be added.

"Lee wanted to try to come back sooner of course, but we decided we should address the issue with the whole committee present," Manion said. "If he's voted in, he would be automatically eligible to compete or guest pose."

Priest has been suspended by the IFBB since 2006, after choosing to compete in another organization, the now defunct Pro Division Inc. Priest has since reapplied for reinstatement. As of today, IFBB officials have decided to put that application up for a vote on Olympia Weekend.

"We had put in for early reinstatement, but that was obviously denied," IFBB Athlete's Representative Bob Cicherillo said. "Lee's motion will now be heard at the Pro League meeting during Olympia Weekend. I think the lesson has been learned and the punishment has been more than sufficient, and now it's time to get Lee back on stage. Hopefully the committee sees it the same way I do."

Before his suspension, the 5-foot-4, 225-pound Priest had carved a reputation for being able to stand toe-to-toe with the mass monsters and more than hold his own, as his competitive history demonstrates. During his 14-year professional career, Priest has placed in the top five of 23 different contests.

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LEE PRIEST IFBB CONTEST HISTORY

1993
Niagara Falls Pro Invitational, 9th

1994
Arnold Classic, 7th
Ironman Pro Invitational, 4th
Night of Champions, 12th
San Jose Pro Invitational, 7th

1995
Arnold Classic, 9th
Florida Pro Invitational, 4th
Ironman Pro Invitational, 3rd
South Beach Pro Invitational, 4th

1996
Ironman Pro Invitational, 4th
San Jose Pro Invitational, 6th

1997
Arnold Classic, 7th
Grand Prix Czech Republic, 5th
Grand Prix England, 6th
Grand Prix Finland, 9th
Grand Prix Germany, 3rd
Grand Prix Hungary, 3rd
Grand Prix Russia, 9th
Grand Prix Spain, 3rd
Ironman Pro Invitational, 2nd
Mr. Olympia, 6th
San Jose Pro Invitational, 4th

1998
Mr. Olympia, 7th

1999
Ironman Pro Invitational, 6th
Mr. Olympia, 8th
2000
Night of Champions, 5th
Mr. Olympia, 6th

2001
Ironman Pro Invitational, 7th

2002
Arnold Classic, 4th
Ironman Pro Invitational, 2nd
Mr. Olympia, 6th
San Francisco Pro Invitational, 1st
Show of Strength Pro Championship, 4th

2003
Mr. Olympia, 15th
2004
Ironman Pro Invitational, 2nd
San Francisco Pro Invitational, 2nd

2005
Arnold Classic, 4th
Grand Prix Australia, 1st
Ironman Pro Invitational, 2nd

2006
Arnold Classic, 6th
Grand Prix Australia, 2nd
Ironman Pro Invitational, 1st

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