Led by President Santonja, an IFBB delegation composed by Prof. Mauricio de Arruda (Chairman of Anti-doping Committee) and Mr. Marco Bosco (IFBB Legal Adviser) attended the important Symposium organized by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Lausanne (Switzerland), from 21st to 23rd March.

This is the 14th edition of the WADA Annual Symposium and, during 3 days, gather the world anti-doping community with presentations, practical workshops, networking sessions and interviews. The major event organizers, government representatives, national anti-doping agencies and international federations, as IFBB, are attending the event in compliance with the new anti-doping code.

Directly from Lausanne, President Santonja will fly to Nafplio (Greece) to attend the International Bodybuilding & Fitness Championships that will be held, during the weekend 23rd to 25, in this beautiful village from Peloponnese.

Picture: Prof. Mauricio de Arruda, Mr. Frédéric Donzé (Chief Operating Officer WADA´s Headquarters in Montreal), IFBB President Dr. Rafael Santonja, Mr. Marco Bosco and Alexander Bortolato (Legal adviser commission).

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