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Les Pères Fondateurs de l'IFBB - Ben et Joe Weider


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Ben Weider, OC, CStJ, CQ, PhD
IFBB Founder & Honorary Life President

My brother Joe and I formed the International Federation of BodyBuilders in 1946.
Next year, in 2006, the IFBB will celebrate its 60th anniversary, having grown from two countries (Canada and the USA) to 174 National Federations worldwide. 

The IFBB is not what it is today solely as a result of the efforts of Joe and I. Throughout its history, the IFBB has been truly blessed with the good fortune of having the right people come along at the right time.
The physique stars of today owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to those of yesterday. And I speak of the competitive spirit so alive, not only in the best of us, but also, in all of us. Not just in outstanding competitors, amateur and professional alike, but also, in highly dedicated and motivated officials, administrators, and supporters the world over.
The IFBB Hall of Fame honors these pioneers of our sport by recognizing their outstanding and enduring achievements and thus, their lasting contributions to what truly makes the IFBB what it is today - one of the greatest international sport federations in the world. 

On behalf of the entire IFBB family, I wish to take this opportunity to welcome you to the IFBB Hall of Fame website. 

Ben Weider, OC, CStJ, CQ, PhD
IFBB Founder & Honorary Life President


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Trainer of Champions since 1936

At the beginning of the 21st century, it seems appropriate that we pause for a moment and look back on our past. 
The truth is that the bodybuilding stars that currently grace the competitive stage are the product of the cumulative tradition and accomplishments of those who came before. 
In order to bestow rightful and permanent recognition to those competitors and officials who truly made an impact in establishing, shaping and developing the sport, we are proud to announce the creation of the IFBB Hall of Fame.
To qualify for the Hall of Fame, a candidate must have made a major and lasting contribution to bodybuilding and fitness and must have been retired from the sport for at least five years. 

Each year, we will add to the honor roll and announce new Hall of Fame inductees in FLEX magazine and on the IFBB Hall of Fame website. 

I am honored to be able to celebrate with you the enduring achievements of those who truly made a memorable and lasting impact on our sport. 

Joe Weider
Trainer of Champions since 1936

Special tribute to Joe Weider

Le Président IFBB International - Dr Rafaël Santonja

Message From The President of the IFBB

Ifbb tahiti pres1Dear Bodybuilding and Fitness enthusiasts :

On behalf of the International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness, I am pleased to welcome you to our official website

Created in 1998 under direct supervision of IFBB Founder and Honorary Life President Mr. Ben Weider, provides to millions of bodybuilders & fitness athletes, officials, supporters and fans, from all over the world (our statistics have recorded visits from 187 countries) accurate information on events, news, rules, history and, in general, all the activities carried on by IFBB and the affiliated continental and national federations; that build together in a daily basis, the reality of our sport with over a thousand events organized each year, under IFBB logo, in the five continents.

The IFBB is a member of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) and the International World Games Association (IWGA); it is recognized by over 90 National Olympic Committees (NOCs); as well as being a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency, that has recognized the IFBB as the only authority in bodybuilding whose anti-doping program is in full compliance with the WADA code. 

IFBB plays as well an active relationship with scientific and sport international organizations; being conscience of the benefits that a bodybuilding lifestyle can play in the populations health; and the specific applications as ideal anti-aging life style for which the best examples are the legion of outstanding athletes that participate in our master categories (over 50´s, 60´s, 65’s…). 

Events for young athletes (including children’s fitness) and female sport are some of our most active programs. 

We are pleased to provide you with all this information, because bodybuilding is the passion for a good health and active life.

Enjoy it.

Your friend in sport,

Rafael Santonja
IFBB President

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