Bodybuilding and Fitness got all the attention in Portugal, during the recent weekend, with the 2019 edition of the Diamond Cup celebrated in Lisbon, organized by the Portuguese Federation chaired by Mr. Vitor Reis.

Besides the important presence of athletes from Europe and others from Asia, América and Africa; the event was attended by important personalities such as the Vice-president of the Portuguese Parlament, Mr. Duarte Pacheco; who joined the IFBB officials during the day of registration and also participated in some of the Awards ceremonies. A supporter of the healthy lifestyle and the sport, Mr. Duarte Pacheco is as well a fan of Bodybuilding and usually, he goes to the gym to lift weights when his busy and hectic schedule allows it. His presence was another recognition to the excellent work developed by the Portuguese Federation that also got important medals and titles, not only in this contest but as well in the recent seasons.

Picture: Vice-Presidente of Portuguese Parlament, Mr. Duarte Pacheco joining Mr. Vitor Reis, in the Awards ceremony of Men´s Physique where the overall title went to Portuguese athlete Rafael Bouça.

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