Successful meetings between the IFBB and Olympic Committee members.
IFBB President Dr. Rafael Santonja continues on his mission to make bodybuilding a official sport in the Olympics.
This was a dream of former IFBB President Ben Weider and now it is becoming a reality.
The event will be held in Lima, Perú. This is another fantastic step forward for the integration of IFBB, into the Olympics.
In the build up to the 2019 Pan American Games, Dr. Rafael Santonja was involved in the Panamerican Olympic Sports Assembly and as well he held several meetings with Olympic officials.
His first meeting was wit Mrs. Nicole Hoevertsz, Executive Council Member of the International Olympic Committee, a long term friend of the IFBB.
Millions of sport fans will follow and watch the Games, which run from July 26th to August 11th.
This is a huge step for Bodybuilding to be part of such an enormous multi-sport event and will give the sport some of its greatest exposure ever.
The event is governed by the Pan American Sports Organization, which represents the 41 National Olympic Committees of the 41 countries taking part, so it is effectively an Olympic Games for the Americas and the Caribbean.
Lima 2019, which will be the 18th Pan American Games, will bring thousands of elite athletes from North America, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean to Peru to participate in 38 sports. That Bodybuilding is one of them has not happened by chance, it is the result of decades of lobbying first by IFBB founders Joe and Ben Weider and more recently by current IFBB president Dr. Rafael Santonja.
They shared a dream of making Bodybuilding, one of the most widely practiced sports in the world. A mainstream activity that is part of the global sporting family. To achieve it, they have worked with National Olympic Committees, governments and organizations such as the World Anti-Doping Agency to ensure bodybuilding meets the criteria for inclusion in major Olympic events.
Today more than 90 National Olympic Committees recognize the IFBB, which is fully compliant with WADA and is also a member of influential global bodies such as SportAccord and the International World Games Association.
Bodybuilding, at the Pan American Games, is only open to IFBB athletes. The only Bodybuilding & Fitness organization recognized internationally by the Olympic Committees around the world and Governments.