With an emotive tribute to former president of Japanese Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation (JBBF) and IFBB Patron, Mr. Hitoshi Tamari; the 2018 Congress of the Asian Federation (AFBF) started today, Thursday 27th April, in Ulaan Baatar (Mongolia), as the first official event of the 52th Asian Bodybuilding & Fitness Championships.

Led by IFBB President, Dr. Rafael Santonja; the Asian National Federations are participating in this edition of the Congress that will be Electoral, with all the delegates voting for a new AFBF Executive Board for the period 2018-2022.

Picture: Starting of the 2018 AFBF Congress, with the Executive Board performing a respectful tribute to the memory of former IFBB Patron, Mr. Hitoshi Tamari.

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 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