The IFBB International has released an announcement to make it clear that the Arnold Classic competitions in Columbus, Ohio and Australia are not IFBB sanctioned events.
The suspended organization is the NPC/IFBB Pro League.
The official announcement:
The Bodybuilding events to be held in Columbus (next March 1-4, 2018) and Australia (next March 16-18, 2018) are NOT IFBB sanctioned events.
Both events are organized by an IFBB suspended organization, due to breach of International Sport Regulations and serious violations of the World Anti-Doping Code.
The participation in any of these non-sanctionned events will carry a re-installment process, accordingly to article 19.4.7 of the IFBB Constitution, without prejudice of additional disciplinary measures that may be adopted by National Federations.
Article 19.4.7 of the IFBB Constitution:
As well, the NPC is not affiliated to the IFBB International as the amateur federation representing the IFBB International in the USA. The newly formed IFBB Physique America headed by Wayne DeMilia is the IFBB International affiliate in the United States.
IFBB International also has formed a new pro league – IFBB Elite Pro. One can find their contest schedule HERE
The IFBB Pro League have similar rules. While they might be a bit more lenient when it comes to guest posting or giving seminars, the IFBB Pro Athlete as well cannot compete with any other federation. This now includes the newly formed IFBB Elite Pro League.
The IFBB Pro League rule:
All athletes have to take all these rules in consideration when the time comes to deciding what association is more viable for them. Both pro leagues offer prize money and numerous competitions to compete in.
The IFBB Elite Pro League and IFBB International has a very strong presence in Europe and other countries with 196 affiliated associations, while the NPC/IFBB Pro League have a strong presence in the USA. Even though the IFBB Pro League are expanding into Europe, they still have work to do while the same goes for the newly formed federation in the USA called the IFBB Physique America.