The World’s Bodybuilding and Classic Bodybuilding Championships are ready to start in Benidorm, Spain. Usually, the IFBB Annual Congress was celebrated on Saturday, but this year, in its way to improve the schedule and the Championships, the IFBB celebrated its Annual Congress on Friday morning.
President Santonja presented all the achivements of this year for our sport: the recent Olympic recognition of the IFBB by the PASO Executive Council and the expansion of Arnold Classic Festivals, the World Championships and Olympia Amateur Championships among others. It was also a perfect time to remember all the IFBB new features like IFBB TV, the new website and blog, the ‘IFBB 2014 / 2015 Book of the Year’ and the President report as well.
AAt the Congress, several proposals were approved after the Executive Council meeting: the test of a new category, Fitness Model and new options to get the Pro Card for the next year: the winners of Men’s Bodybuilding, Men’s Physique, Women’s Physique, Women’s Body Fitness, Women’s Bikini Fitness, Women’s Fitness categories of IFBB World Championships will opt to obtain a Pro Card, as well as the OVERALL WINNERS in the IFBB Official pro card qualifier events, and Continental championships.
The Congress finished with the Awards ceremony. The Spirit of IFBB was awarded to IFBB Vicepresident for South America Mr. Aquiles de Cesare, IFBB Vicepresident Dr. Adel Fahim and H.E. Sheikh Abdulla bin Rashid Al Khalifa, President of the Asian Federation. Mr. Hugo Chan, HKFBF President, received the IFBB Spirit of Courage. Eng. Rauf Bunyataliyev, President of Azerbaijani Federation was awarded with the IFBB Diamond Award.
A special mention was made to Latinamerican countries, as the IFBB awarded both IFBB Advisor Gral. Juan Santiago Estrada, and Eng. Eduardo Abdalah with the Distinguished Service Award. IFBB Gold Medals were awarded to Belgium President Federation Mr. Andre Wouters and Mr. Toni Pérez, Mayor of City of Benidorm who also gave a welcome speech to the IFBB and assure that Benidorm is happy to celebrate these championships with us.
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