IFBB recognized International University Sports Federation (FISU)

IFBB recognized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU).

The IFBB continues to grow every year since it’s creation by Ben and Joe Weider.

Ben Weider started a lifelong goal to associate and affiliate the IFBB with the most important associations in the world.

From Ben Weider the torch was passed onto Dr. Rafael Santonja, the current IFBB President.

Rafael takes his job seriously, representing the biggest bodybuilding and fitness federation in the world.

Continuously traveling the world, Rafael is always on a mission to meet people and politicians of the highest level to discuss the IFBB.

The latest great recognition for the IFBB is the new partnership with the International Federation of University Sports (FISU).




Below is the official letter sent by Dr. Rafael Santonja announcing this great partnership:

March 3rd 2020

Dear President, dear General Secretary, dear Friends,

We are pleased to inform you that the IFBB has been recognized by the International Federation of University Sports (FISU), a new meaningful landmark in the overall frame of recognitions already held by IFBB.

The International University Sports Federation (FISU), founded in 1949, is the key driver in expanding the role and reach of university sport worldwide, and organizes world-class sports and educational events for university students, being IFBB very proud to have become one more university sport among them.

The FISU Sports Program is open to all student athletes that have not been out of university or an equivalent institution for more than a year, and who are between the ages of 17 and 25 and which are eligible to participate at the:

– The SUMMER and WINTER UNIVERSIADES, which are the largest global sports events for student-athletes. Held every two years, joining thousands of athletes from over 150 countries in a program that includes over 25 sports.

– The WORLD UNIVERSITY CHAMPIONSHIPS, which are single sport competitions also held every two years.



– The WORLD UNIVERSITY LEAGUES, a unique international sports event for student-athletes to compete for their university teams rather than national teams.

Our sport encompasses all the ages, but its mainly popular among youngsters, from which many of them are still University students. The fact that IFBB is now recognized as a University Sport, will give them many benefits and opportunities for individual development, networking and collaborative learning.

We recommend you to contact with your National University Sport Federation, which details may be found in the following link https://www.fisu.net/about-fisu/member-associations-nusf to follow up with them the way in which you may introduce your athletes in this interesting program, in the aim to establish a National University Championships, in support to educational activities and Summer Campus on Fitness and Healthy lifestyle and, as bottom line, exploring opportunities for our university athletes and the promotion of educational activities.

With best regards

Rafael Santonja