The golden age of bodybuilding has come to an end with the announcement that three men will no longer compete for the title.
In a press conference held at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, bodybuilder Carlos Mendes, former Olympic champion Alberto Salazar and former world champion Miguel Torres will no be competing for the world title.
The announcement comes just weeks after the three men beat out world champions Joe Rogan, Mike Tyson and Tommie Smith to secure the crown for a generation of men.
The trio, who won the gold medal at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, will now compete at the world championships.
The men are among three who were invited to compete in Rio de Janiero and Rio de la Plata but none were invited in Rio.
Their absence was not a surprise to the world of bodybuilders, as the tournament has been running for more than 25 years.
Mendes has won three titles and was the first to hold the world bodybuilding championship.
The 28-year-old is considered one of the most successful athletes in the history of the sport.
He has won a record five Olympic titles and eight world championships, and is widely regarded as one of sport’s greatest athletes.
Salazar has won two world titles, two world cups and one world heavyweight title, and was a member of the first world championships in 1996.
Torres won three Olympic titles, three world cups, three heavyweight titles and one title of the year.
Torres, who is also a former Olympic gold medallist, said he was proud to announce his retirement from the sport, and said he is now “the happiest man I know”.
He added: “I have never been able to beat the guys that I have fought with and I am happy to be able to retire as a champion.”
Mendes is the only one to have held the gold at the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal and was also the first person to win a gold medal in the world at the 1968 Tokyo Games.
Salzman, who was also a member, will compete in the new tournament in Brazil as the team captain.
The other two competitors will be retired by the end of the month.
The three men had been part of the team that won the 1980 Olympic title in Los Angeles, but will now be competing in the first Olympics for the Rio team.
Mendez, who has won seven world championships and won a silver medal at both the 1972 and 1980 Olympics, is also considered one the best bodybuilders in history.
He holds the record for the most Olympic gold medals in a single year at 28.
Salzar, who lost the world championship to Roger Gracie in 1986, won three world titles and two world heavyweight titles, and competed in the 1980 Tokyo Games and 1984 Beijing Games.
Torres is considered the best Olympic wrestler of all time and has won eight Olympic golds and eight bronze medals.
Torres was also considered the greatest athlete of all times, having won six gold medals and two gold medals at the Olympics, the 1980 Games and Beijing Games, the 1984 Olympics and 1988 Olympics, and the 1992 Games.
A native of Argentina, Torres has competed in more than 70 weightlifting events and competed at the 1984 Olympic Games.
The third man in the announcement, Alberto Salado, won the Olympic title at the 1980 Summer Games, and held the title for nearly three years before being stripped of his belt for drug violations in 1985.
Torres said he will retire from the game at the end the Rio Games, although he has been open about his intentions to fight at a world championship in his hometown of Barcelona, Spain.
“I will retire, but I will fight at the worlds.
I have no doubt about that,” he said.