Under leadership of its president, Dr. Rafael Santonja; the European Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation (EBFF) closed its 2019 Executive Committee Meeting, in Madrid (Spain); analyzing the new strategies for the development of our sports, besides debating new steps that will be presented to the coming next EBFF Annual Congress, in Santa Susanna (May 2019), during the 2019 EBFF/IFBB European Championships.

During the whole weekend (January 17th-20th), the EBFF executive officials have been designing the guidelines of Bodybuilding & Fitness for this season, related with areas as education, competition, promotion, mass media, and communication, as main subjects. The ExCo Meeting was held in the historical building “Torre de Madrid”, and some new executive officials participated, according to the EBFF Elections celebrated in 2018, as Gabriel Toncean (Romania), Ralph DeCelis (Malta), Damir Siser (Croatia) or Ott Kiivikas (Estonia).

After the closing session, the EBFF executives celebrated a Gala Dinner in one of the most representatives restaurants of Madrid, invited by Presidente Santonja and his wife, Nieves; joined by several sponsors of recent Arnold Classic Europe and other local authorities. During the dinner, some awards were presented for the media, in recognition of the services to IFBB and Bodybuilding & Fitness.

Picture: Some moments of the 2019 EBFF Executive Council Meeting, celebrated in Madrid.

We are immersed in a health international emergency as a consequence of the Covid-19 epidemic.

In this situation, we must follow the applicable national and international regulations and the advice from governments and sanitary authorities.

All this has to be done with positive energy and best spirit, maintaining our focus on the fact that any epidemical situation has expansion, stabilization and reduction periods, and that with adequate care, this nightmare is going to be a bad memory soon.

By all means, the integrity of our athletes, officials, judges and of all who integrate our community is now and always essential. We are a family in sport and life.

We can expect to reach the epidemic peak and a progressive settle down, as is already happening in some of the countries in suffering this situation at first instance.

In conclusion, let’s be confident and keep working as a team, following the decisions from the competent authorities. Some events have been canceled and others are being rescheduled to a new date in which we may be able to celebrate with our athletes and friends our passion for sport and healthy lifestyle.

We recommend you visit the IFBB Calendar at our website www.IFBB.com on a regular basis, so that you may be fully updated on events and schedule.

Wishing you, your families and beloved one’s good health, and hoping that the situation will be back to normality as soon as possible

All the events that were planned for March and April are being postponed and rescheduled