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About The IFBB

The History of the IFBB
1946-2011

The International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) was founded in 1946 in Montreal by brothers Ben and Joe Weider. The two founding countries were Canada and the United States of America. Over the next 66 years, the IFBB would grow to include National Federations from184 countries.
In 2006, after 60 years of successful leadership, Ben Weider resigned from the presidency of the IFBB and Dr. Rafael Santonja from Spain was elected the new president, reelected in 2010.
In 1971, the IFBB became a member of the General Association of International Sports Federations(GAISF), now SportAccord. The IFBB is also affiliated with the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE), the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee, The World Games (IWGA) and the International Council of Coach Education (ICCE).
The IFBB is recognized by the Supreme Council for Sport in Africa, the Association of Pan American Sport Federations (ACODEPA).
The IFBB is also recognized by some 90 National Olympic Committees. The IFBB participates in several Regional Games that are recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC): Central American Games, South American Games, Arab Games and African Games. The IFBB is a Signatory to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code and its anti-doping rules are in compliance with the 2009 WADA Code. The IFBB promotes a fit healthy lifestyle and actively discourages the use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs.
The IFBB holds competition at the World Championships level for Juniors, Seniors and Masters in Men’s & Women’s Bodybuilding, Men’s Classic Bodybuilding, Men’s and Women’s Fitness, Athletic fitness and Women’s Body Fitness. Competitions are also held at the Continental, Regional and National levels. The IFBB has produced many physique stars; the most notable being Lou Ferrigno (the “Incredible Hulk”) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (the “Terminator”).
The IFBB is a not-for-profit international amateur sport governing body with a democratically elected Executive Council. The IFBB meets annually at its International Congress, held in conjunction with the Men’s World Amateur Bodybuilding Championships.
The history continues…In 2006, after 60 years of successful leadership, Ben Weider resigned from the presidency of the IFBB and Dr. Rafael Santonja from Spain was elected the new president, reelected in 2010.

IFBB Today

Dr. Rafael Santonja from Spain is the current IFBB International President having been elected at the 2006 IFBB International Congress in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Dr. Santonja was re-elected for the second term at the 2010 IFBB International Congress in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The IFBB currently has 184 affiliated nations and is one of the largest international sport federations in the world.

The IFBB:

  • Holds competition in the eight following competitive sports: men’s bodybuilding, women’s bodybuilding, men’s fitness, women’s fitness, men´s athletic fitness, women´s athletic fitness, men’s classic bodybuilding, women’s body-fitness and women’s bikini.
  • Organizes more than 1,000 local, national, regional, continental and world championships each year.
  • According to the statistics, over 100 million people regularly train in gyms and fitness centers in six continents.
  • Supplies the video from its World and major Continental Championships to the major TV companies worldwide.
  • www.ifbb.com receives 15 million hits over 180 countries around the world.
  • The IFBB Newsletter is published incorporating news at daily basis and the “IFBB UNIVERSE” on line global magazine bimonthly.
  • As the worldwide authority on weight IFBB has an extensive Educational Course Program that provides qualified certification to bodybuilding, Fitness, Health and sport related individuals from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds.