This year’s Arnold Classic has suffered yet another setback. Just two days before the contest, it has been confirmed that the 2020 Arnold Classic champion, William Bonac, will not be able to compete due to travel restrictions.

William Bonac Unable to Compete in Arnold Classic


While the 2021 Arnold Classic has been hyped up to be one of the greatest displays in the competition’s history, it has had its fair share of problems. Multiple high-caliber competitors, such as Roelly Winklaar and Cedric McMillan, have withdrawn for a multitude of reasons. 

Now, in what is perhaps the most shocking upset, the current reigning Arnold Classic champion, William Bonac, will not be able to defend his title and compete. Bonac has been training tirelessly for this year’s competition, keeping fans up to date on his physique through his social media. Nicknamed “The Conqueror”, he made his way onto the pro IFBB scene in 2012, and since then has done extremely well in the Arnold Classic and Olympia contests.


Yet, due to COVID restrictions, he will not be able to make it to the show on time and has thus withdrawn from the contest. As one of, if not, the top contenders at the 2021 Arnold Classic, Bonac’s absence will really shake up the rankings. Many suspect that Nick Walker, one of Bonac’s biggest competitors, will take the title this year but only time will tell. 

Bonac’s inability to compete in the Arnold Classic has some larger implications for him as well. If he does not receive a special invitation, then it is most likely that he will not be able to compete in the 2021 Olympia. In order to compete in the Mr. Olympia contest, one must place highly in other contests which Bonac will not be able to do due to his travel complications. 

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