The President of the Panam Sports (formerly Organización Deportiva Panamericana; ODEPA), Ing. Neven Ilic Alvarez and Dr. Rafael Santonja meets today in Bangkok, with occasion of the SportAccord World Congress 2018 where IFBB is participating.

President Santonja took the opportunity to update Mr. Neven Ilic about the last news of our sport, in the American continent, and the the future participation of Bodybuilding at the coming next 18th Pan American Games “Lima 2019”, with the previous participation in the 11th South American Games “Cochabamba 2018”.

The sport of Bodybuilding it´s recognized by Pan American Olympic Organization and, as well, is a member of ACODEPA (Association of Pan American Sport Confederations) where is represented by the Pan American Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness (FPFF), chaired by Mr. Eduardo Abdalah.

Picture: PANAM SPORTS President, Ing. Neven Ilic Alvarez with Dr. Rafael Santonja; at the IFBB both in SportAccord 2018 (Thailand).




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