The presence of President Santonja in Lausanne for the International Swimming Federation (FINA) 110th Anniversary, served to meet with the main leaders of the Olympic Family, such as Dr. Robin E. Mitchell, IOC member and current president of the Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC); where the IFBB is recognized and our sports are progressing continuously.

Oceania is a wide continent that covers an immense territory, where the countries separated by great distances across the sea, as Dr. Mitchell – a native of the Fiji island- really well knows. However, these distances are not insurmountable for the presence of Bodybuilding in the main IFBB international events, thanks to a great job of the Oceania Bodybuilding & Fitness National Federations, always ready to join the sports commitments.

Picture: Dr. Robin E. Mitchell, president of ONOC, during his meeting with Dr. Rafael Santonja, in Lausanne.

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