The president of the International World Games Association (IWGA) and IOC Member, Mr. José Perurena was awarded the prestigious IFBB Spirit of Sports Award, on Friday 18th January; during the Gala Dinner celebrated in Madrid by the European Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness (EBFF).

Former international sprint canoer, competing at the 1968 Olympic Games celebrated in México City; he became the President of the International Canoe Federation in 2008, and member of the IOC in 2011. In 2014 he was elected as IWGA President being reelected in 2018 of this organization in which are included 37 international sports federations, including the IFBB. Mr. Perurena was invited by President Santonja to attend the Gala Dinner celebrated by the EBFF Executive Committee, where he received the Award, in recognition of his successful sports career. 

Image: IWGA President, Mr. José Perurena; receiving the  IFBB Spirit of Sports Award, in Madrid; from the hands of IFBB President, Dr. Rafael Santonja.

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