On February 24, 2022, bodybuilders were shocked when the Arnold Sports Festival confirmed that Cedric McMillan would withdraw from the 2022 Arnold Classic.
Why McMillan was retiring was unknown at the time of the announcement. However, McMillan announced on Instagram on February 28, 2022, that he was withdrawing from the Arnold Classic due to a stomach problem.
The past few years have not been good for McMillan. He has been dealing with various injuries and health issues and contracted COVID-19 in March 2020. McMillan retired from the 2020 Olympia and the 2021 Arnold Classic.
McMillan last played at Legion Sports Fest Pro 2021, but was forced to withdraw after the heats due to health reasons.
“Since I tried to go to the Legion show in Nevada in October. I have some stomach issues,” McMillan said in the video. “For some reason, I can’t put food down. I burp all day and in the middle of the night, every time I eat or even drink water. It’s here again. I don’t want to be left behind.”
McMillan saw doctors several times, and they advised him not to play. The former U.S. Army instructor had trouble digesting water and food. He even tried a liquid diet, taking milkshakes and soups as prescribed.
Four weeks before the show, McMillan drank a muscle-building shake just to boost his calorie intake. Then, two weeks before AC, he decided to contact ASF management and discuss withdrawal.
“I finally decided to contact the show and tell them I couldn’t compete,” McMillan said. “I’ve been fighting with myself and not knowing what to do next. I feel [like] okay, is it over? Does that mean I should retire if I keep getting sick?”
The ulcer medicine prescribed for McMillan gave him hope. The hiccupping gasps led him to believe that the ulcer might be the cause of his stomach ailment, and that he might eventually make a full recovery. He can now also eat one solid meal a day.
For those wondering, McMillan will continue to attend the meet and greet at the 2022 Arnold Classic.
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