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NPC Global, IFBB Pro League or NPC Pro League?

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NPC Global, IFBB Pro League or NPC Pro League?

It has been almost a year since the split between the IFBB (International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness) and the NPC/Pro League (IFBB Pro League). Actually it was the IFBB that suspended the NPC/Pro League.

Since then, both federations have went on different directions. The IFBB have continued to expand with 197 affiliated countries and as well affiliations with a large number of Olympic committees all over the world. The IFBB also launched their new IFBB Elite Pro League which has been a huge success. As well, the IFBB replaced the NPC with the new IFBB Physique America to represent the USA.

In the past 12 months, there have been IFBB Elite Pro shows almost every weekend. The peak of the season will be in November,  when the first ever IFBB Elite Pro World Championships take place in Italy, Spain and Beijing.

The IFBB Elite Pro Men’s Physique World Championship was held in Poland on October 28, 2018. Dmytro Horobets won the event.

On the other side of the fence, the NPC/Pro League have continued to dominate the USA for the time being.

Before the NPC/Pro League were suspended, the IFBB were the main source for hundreds of athletes that were eligible to turn pro and compete in the Pro League and go on to qualify for the Olympia. Now, after the suspension, athletes who earned their pro status through the IFBB are now competing in the IFBB Elite Pro League.

The NPC are now the only feeder to the Pro League meaning the number of athletes coming from Europe and other parts of the world have decreased.

With the NPC having practically no shows internationally, they decided to go international and organize contests all over the world. The ones that had a taste of success were mostly in English speaking countries such as Australia and the UK.  The rest of the other shows either has a low turnout of athletes or a low turnout of fans.

The NPC/Pro League have been insisting that the only road to the Olympia stage is with them, but it seems a majority of athletes in Europe and neighboring countries do not really care about this and have decided to stick to the IFBB and IFBB Elite Pro League.

After the 2018 Olympia, a number of NPC officials and promoters have mentioned the new name ‘NPC Global’. This name, if used, would be their new campaign for shows held internationally.

What about the name ‘IFBB’. Obviously this is being used by the original federation created by Ben and Joe Weider. When Ben Weider stepped down as IFBB President, he had suggest that Dr. Rafael Santonja to lead the IFBB. Dr Rafael Santonja was eventually elected President during the IFBB World Congress in 2006.

In recent months the name ‘IFBB’ has been in a number of debates of who should or should not use it.

The IFBB have every right to use the name with their new pro league, the IFBB Elite Pro League.

Regarding the NPC/Pro League (IFBB Pro League), a number of high profile people working with the NPC/Pro League have actually suggested that the Pro League drop the IFBB name and change it to the NPC Pro League since they literally have no relation to the IFBB since their suspension.

The name IFBB being related to the Pro League is just confusing fans and competitors. the Pro League is not the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness, they are just the Pro League or we can say NPC Pro League.

To make it easier to understand it should be like this:

– IFBB amateurs win pro cards to compete in the IFBB Elite Pro League.

– NPC amateurs win pro cards to compete in the Pro League or maybe the NPC Pro League.

At the end of all this, if the NPC/Pro League want to disassociate themselves from anything related to the IFBB, they should drop the name IFBB from all of their activities and logos and replace it with NPC.

The NPC/Pro League know the power and popularity of the IFBB headed by Dr. Rafael Santonja and the only reason they are keeping the name IFBB is just because of that.

Editorial Note:

EvolutionofBodybuilding.net has taken the decision to eliminate the name IFBB from ‘IFBB Pro League’ and refer to them as ‘Pro League’ to not confuse their readers in future articles.