International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness

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Sport Bodybuilding, female bodybuilding, fitness and figure competition
Founded International Federation of Bodybuilders - Fédération Internationale des Culturistes
(in Montreal, Quebec, Canada)[1]
Location Madrid, Spain
President Dr Rafael Santonja
Chief Exec Pamela Kagan
Secretary William Tierney
Official website

The International Federation of BodyBuilding and Fitness (IFBB) is a competitive bodybuilding and fitness and figure competition organization founded in 1946 by brothers Ben and Joe Weider and is the highest level of competitive bodybuilding in the world. Mr. Olympia is the highest accolade achievable in the IFBB, giving the title of the current number one bodybuilder on the globe. The organization operates under the Asociación-Federación Internacional de Fisicoculturismo y Fitness, a nonprofit legal entity based in Madrid, Spain and founded in 2007. It is a founding member of the International World Games Association[2] and a member of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education[3] and SportAccord.[4] It is a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code.[5]


The Weiders founded the International Federation of Bodybuilders - Fédération Internationale des Culturistes in Montreal, Quebec in 1946.[1] Nevertheless, the organization had no legal entity until December 30, 1969 when Ben Weider founded the International Federation of Bodybuilders Incorporated - Fédération Internationale des Culturistes Incorporée. In November 2004, the IFBB changed the name of the organization to the International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness. In 2007, Ben Weider agreed to dissolve IFBB's institutional frame and on September 14, 2007 a new nonprofit legal entity under Spanish laws was founded to encompass IFBB activities.[6]


IFBB consists of seven different sub-divisions for different competitors (gender or weight), divided into 21 contests throughout the year.[7] The current IFBB season begins with the FLEX Pro Championships on February 19 and concludes with Pro Florida Championships on December 10.


From the 1980s to his death in 2008, IFBB president Ben Weider petitioned the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for inclusion of bodybuilding in the Olympic Games. On January 30, 1998, the IFBB was made a provisional member, and the membership was subsequently made permanent on 1 August 2000. The IFBB unsuccessfully petitioned the Olympic organising committee to demonstrate the sport at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

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  1. ^ a b IFBB, "Ben" (accessed 2012-03-23)
  2. ^ "Body Building". International World Games Association. 
  3. ^ "Members' Headquarters - Spain". International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education. 
  4. ^ "Members". SportAccord. 
  5. ^ "IFBB Pro Bodybuilders Agree to Random Drug Testing at Arnold Classic". MESO-Rx International. 
  7. ^ "List of IFBB contests". Retrieved 22 February 2011. 

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