IFBB, International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness
The International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) is the governing body of the sport of Bodybuilding and Fitness, founded in 1946 in Montreal.
It is a not-for-profit international amateur sport governing body, located in Madrid, Spain, with an Executive Council democratically elected at the IFBB World Congress. Its current President is Dr. Rafael Santonja.
IFBB has 203 national affiliated members and it holds over 6000 events per year at World, Continental, Regional and National levels, for Men and Women, for Juniors, Seniors and Masters’ categories.
The IFBB is member of the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) and recognized by the Association of Pan American Sport Federations (Panamsports), the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), and the Association of National Olympic African Committees (ANOCA).
Bodybuilding and Fitness are Olympic Medalist sports in several Regional Games as the Central American Games, South American Games, Asian Beach Games, Bolivarian Games and Beach Games, the Panamerican Games, World Power Games, and it’s celebrating its recent inclusion in the Central American and Caribbean Games.
IFBB is Signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code and member of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE), the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee, the International Council of Coach Education (ICCE) and the International World Games Association (IWGA), among many other prestigious international institutions, and is strongly committed in the fight for a healthy lifestyle and a clean sport.
Message From The President
Dear Bodybuilding and Fitness enthusiasts:
On behalf of the International Federation of Bodybuilding Fitness, I am pleased to welcome you to our official website.
Created in 1998 under direct supervision of IFBB Founder and Honorary Life President Mr. Ben Weider, ifbb.com provides to millions of bodybuilders fitness athletes, officials, supporters and fans, from all over the world (our statistics have recorded visits from 187 countries) accurate information on events, news, rules, history and, in general, all the activities carried on by IFBB and the affiliated continental and national federations; that build together in a daily basis, the reality of our sport with over a thousand events organized each year, under IFBB logo, in the five continents.
The IFBB affiliates National Federations from 203 countries and is a member of the SportAccord (former General Association of International Sports Federations – GAISF) and the International World Games Association (IWGA); it is recognized by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and over 90 National Olympic Committees (NOCs); as well as being a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency, that has recognized the IFBB as the only authority in bodybuilding, whose anti-doping program is in full compliance with the WADA Code.
IFBB plays as well an active relationship with scientific and sport international organizations; being conscience of the benefits that a bodybuilding lifestyle can play in the populations health; and the specific applications as ideal anti-aging life style for which the best examples are the legion of outstanding athletes that participate in our master categories (over 50´s, 60´s, 65’s…).
Events for young athletes (including children’s fitness) and female sport are some of our most active programs.
We are pleased to provide you with all this information, because bodybuilding is the passion for a good health and active life.
Your friend in sport,Rafael Santonja
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