President Santonja has traveled to Bucharest, the capital city of Romania, welcomed and joined by Gabriel Toncena, President of the Rumanian and Balkan Bodybuilding and Fitness Federations, to meet with sports dignitaries and the Romanian Federation.

President Santonja and President Toncean were honored to visit this morning H. E. Ludovic Orban, Prime Minister of Romania, a great and experienced European leader, holding a very interesting meeting, having a nice chat about the role of fitness lifestyle in education for youngsters and overall population, and in the follow up of our sport National and International activities.

The morning continued at the National Olimpic Committee headquarters, meeting with Mr. Mihai Covaliu, President of the Romanian Olympic Committee, former Sabre (fencing) Olympic and World Champion, now performing a dynamic executive leadership. This visit was a nice opportunity to thanks Mr. Covaliu for his support to Romania federation and IFBB, following as well the progression of our sport in different regional activities of the Olympic program, being as well informed of the next coming international events in the country, as the IFBB World Junior Championships and the European Cup that will take place next October 23rd-25th in Cluj Napoca. In the meeting, President Covaliu also provided his guidance and extended his support in our relationship with the Olympic activities.

The morning ended with a visit to Romanian Parlament, an impressive building, the second largest one in the world (just after the USA Pentagon).

The afternoon followed with a visit to the Ministry of Sport, H. E. Ionut Stroe, a young and energetic politician, coordinating agendas on matters of common interest, in education, antidoping and others, following up also with him the progression of our sport in the country, and the organization of the IFBB World Junior Championships and the European Cup 2020.

After a very crowd press conference, to finalize the day, President Santonja met with the Romanian Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness at his annual assembly, updating the FRCF Officials on the last developments and updates from the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness.

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