The International Swimming Federation (FINA) celebrated its 110 years of history, in a Gala Dinner during July 19th, at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne (Switzerland). A select representation of Sport executives attended the event, headed by CIO president, MrThomas Bach and ANOC president, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah; as well as presidents from other international federations, including Dr. Rafael Santonja on behalf of the IFBB, in a new demonstration that Bodybuilding continues consolidating its integration in all the international sports institutions.

The meeting in Lausanne also served to consolidate the incorporation of IFBB to the main commitments in Asia, such as the upcoming Asian Beach Games that will take place this year, in China; organized by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). This organization awarded the efforts of the IFBB in its incorporation to Olympism, recognizing our sport and inviting it to participate in its continental events. In Lausanne, President Santonja had the opportunity to meet with its General Director, Husain Al-Musallan -forrmer swimming champion-; reporting him about the evolution of Bodybuilding in the continent.

Picture (left to right): General Juan Santiago Estrada (IFBB Advisor & Nicaragua Swimming president), Dr. Rafael Santonja and OCA General Director, Mr. Husain Al-Musallan with his wife.

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