International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness

IFBB FAQ

  1. Which are the procedures to organize an international event?

    Since only National Federations may act in the capacity of organizer and may obtain official sanction from the IFBB, the contract will therefore only be agreed upon if the organizer has approval of the IFBB affiliated National Federation.

  2. How an athlete must be invited to participate at international level?

    An athlete cannot directly be invited to participate by the organizer of an international IFBB sanctioned event. All participating athletes have to be submitted by their IFBB affiliated National Federation to the organizer.

  3. Can an athlete compete with another IFBB affiliated national federation? Which are the procedures to switch federations?

    If an athlete moves to another country to live and work, they can ask permission to compete for the country they reside in, but with permission of the IFBB affiliated NF in the country of birth.

  4. Can an athlete compete after being competing with a non-approved group or at a non-approved event? What are the consequences?

    Any athlete who competes in International Events not approved and/or sanctioned by the IFBB, shall be subject to: a fine and/or (a) non adverse doping test to be performed in accordance to the IFBB Anti-Doping Rules; (b) payment, by the athlete, of a reinstatement fee in an amount to be established annually by the Executive Council and (c) payment by the athlete of the doping test costs as conditions precedent for said athlete to be allowed to compete in any future international event approved and/or sanctioned by the IFBB.

  5. How can a person become IFBB athlete?

    Contact the IFBB affiliated National Federation in your country and become a member. Only countries are affiliated to the IFBB and are called IFBB affiliated National Federation. Their members are athletes that are able to participate in IFBB events with the permission of the National Federation.

  6. Does IFBB Perform Doping Control? How does it work?

    The IFBB has performed Doping Control since 1986. At IFBB Continental and World Championships doping control is performed:

    • Random selection: A number of athletes selected at random throughout the event e.g. at Weigh-in or Prejudging.
    • Weighted selection: A number of athletes selected at random from among the top finalists e.g. at Finals.

     

    The IFBB reserves the right to Target Test any athlete.

    The IFBB is a Signatory to the WADA Code. Participating National Federations have the duty and an obligation to ensure that their athletes are competing drug-free at IFBB international contests.

  7. As an IFBB athlete am I obliged to perform doping tests if requested?

    Yes. The athlete’s refusal to perform doping test, constitutes and Anti-Doping Rule Violation, pursuant the current IFBB Anti-Doping Rules and the current WADA Code (article 2.3)

  8. Does IFBB give courses or seminars about judging, science of training and nutrition? How does it work?

    Yes, the IFBB does courses and seminars. To get more information contact headquarters@ifbb.com

  9. How can I compete in the Arnold Amateur and/or Olympia Amateur?

    Contact the IFBB affiliated National Federation in your country. Only athletes, whose names have been submitted by the National Federation to the organizer of the IFBB event, will be allowed to participate.