Composed by Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Mauritania, the Maghreb is a wide area where Bodybuilding is a very popular sport. As a result, the recently created Maghreb Arab Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness (MAFBBF) chaired by Mr. Khalid Riahi, host this past 20th-22nd of December the first edition of the IFBB Maghreb Arab Championships in Tunis.

This Championships, organized in partnership by the Libyan Federation of Bodybuilding (LBBF) with the Tunisian Federation (TFBB); was the perfect opportunity for athletes of the area to test their excellent level, defending their respective flags. A fantastic event that closes the 2019 IFBB calendar, and born with the target to boost new activities in the Maghreb.

President Santonja flew to the capital city of Tunisia to attend the event and meet with the Executives of the Bodybuilding National Federations.

The Friday 20th session was dedicated to a Technical Seminar led by the Chairman of the IFBB Judges Committee, Mr. Pawel Filleborn; open to judges, coaches, and athletes.

Saturday 21st session took place the registration and weigh-in for athletes, and Sunday 22nd the competition was held with the categories of Bodybuilding, Classic Bodybuilding, Classic Physique and Men’s Physique, where the overall winners received the Elite Pro Card.

Dr. Rafael Santonja, joined by the president of the Tunisian Federation of Bodybuilding, Mr. Guedoura Mohamed Marouene (right) and Mr. Pawel Filleborn (left); with other IFBB officials.

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