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Darcy Beckles Invitational Classic promoter Roger Boyce says this bodybuilding field may be one of the toughest to call, with the absence of big names Hoskyn “Biscuit” Worrell and Martinus Durrant.

Boyce made the comment during yesterday’s press launch of the tenth edition of the Classic, which comes off tomorrow at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

“It’s an open field but I think that field will be well represented, as we have a guy out of Antigua coming onto the stage at 240 [lbs] and the guy out of Guadeloupe is another big guy,” said Boyce.

“We have Shaquille Lavine, he is up and coming. Ramon Broomes will be back and he is coming into good form, so we should be okay.

“Then this is going to be the first time Antoinette Downie will be displaying her physique as a pro, so I think that should be special. We still have a lot of the top competitors coming on stage this weekend, so we expect it to be a fantastic show,” he added.

There were a lot of question marks surrounding this year’s Darcy Beckles Invitational Classic due to the unavailability of defending champ Stevenson Belle.

Worrell, the winner of the first five Classics, was seeking to come out of retirement but has yet to gain clearance from the National Anti-Doping Commission, while Durrant opted not to compete despite being cleared to return to the sport.

“He is clear to compete but I think, with all the stuff that’s been going on, I just think he got distracted,” said Boyce of Durrant’s absence. “He had a shoulder injury and he just went out of that mode, really.

“With Belle, I guess he’s shifted to other things right now. He had some challenges early on, so I think he’s not in competition mode right now.”

The event is set to feature 78 competitors from seven countries, including Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Antigua and Guadeloupe.

The show will have two new categories in bikini wellness and classic bodybuilding, bringing the number of categories to eight. (JM)

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