On the occasion of his visit to Algeria, in order to attend the 2018 African Bodybuilding Championships; Dr. Rafael Santonja visited the Headquarters of the Algerian Olympic Committee (COA) having an official appointment with its president, Mr. Mustapha Berraf, as well the president of the Association of African Olympic Committees (ANOCA). During its meeting, joined by Mr. Moussa Messaour -president of Algerian Bodybuilding Federation (FABBFPL) and a very experienced IFBB official-; both executives spoke about the following next coming activities and the incorporation of Bodybuilding and Fitness to the Olympic Program, in Africa.

President Mustapha Berraf, a former basketball champion; is a very respected member of the Olympic family, being as well the Vice-president of the World Association of National Olympic Committees.

The meeting held in the COA Headquarters was very warm and fruitful, with very good outcomes for the African IFBB family. The Olympic dream and the inspiration for African athletes & IFBB family is coming through!

Picture: Mr. Mustapha Berraf -COA & ANOCA president-, joined by Dr Rafael Santonja and FABBFPL president, Moussa Messaour, during its meeting in COA Headquarters. 

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