HARBIN, Northeast China, July 29 (Xinhua) — Zhang Haifeng, chief of the Chinese Bodybuilding Association, was elected as the new chairman of the Asian Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness on Monday.

Representatives of 21 member associations of Asia attended the AFBF Congress unveiled in the northeastern city.

“It’s an honor for me to be elected the chairman, a position of great responsibility,” said Zhang in his inaugural address, committing himself to the future development of the sport in Asia.

“In the following years, with the help of every member of the AFBF, I will make every effort to further develop the cause of bodybuilding and fitness in Asia in response to your trust and support,” he added.

Head of the sport’s world ruling body, Rafael Santonja, chairman of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness, made a speech through video to express his best wishes to the Congress.

In the picture: AFBF President, Mr. Zhang Haifeng, receiving the IFBB Spirit of Sport Award, from Dr. Rafael Santonja, IFBB President 

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