1.Which are the procedures to organize an international event?

National Federations from Asian countries which want to take part in the IFBB international events must be affiliated members with the Asian Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (AFBF) as well as International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB). AFBF organize on the yearly basis the Asian Championships which may include some extra categories compared to the IFBB official specification of categories.

2. How an athlete must be invited to participate in international level?

An athlete cannot directly be invited to participate by the organizer of an international IFBB sanctioned event. All participating athletes have to be submitted by their IFBB affiliated National Federation to the organizer by sending the Final Entry Form with their names.

3. Can an athlete compete with another IFBB affiliated national federation? Which are the procedures to switch federations?

If an athlete moves to another country to live and work, he/she can ask for permission to compete for the country he/she resides in, but with permission of the IFBB affiliated NF in his/her native country, if was/is a member of this NF.

4. Can an athlete compete in the IFBB  after being competing with a non-approved group or at a non-approved event? What are the consequences?

Any athlete who competes or performs as guest poser, and any official or judge who in any manner participate in International Events, exhibitions, contests or competitions which do not comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency Code and Standards or that  are directly or indirectly organized or promoted by entities or individuals that do not comply with such rules, shall be subject to (a) fulfilment of the sanctions that may be imposed by the IFBB Disciplinary Commission, and (b) in the case of athletes and if so requested by the IFBB, to a non-adverse doping test to be performed in accordance with the IFBB Anti-Doping Rules and the athlete´s cost, as conditions precedent for the said athlete to be allowed to participate in any future International Event approved or sanctioned by the IFBB.  

5. How can a person become an IFBB athlete?

Contact the IFBB-affiliated National Federation in your country and become a member of it. Only athletes being members of the IFBB-affiliated National Federations are allowed to participate in the IFBB international events, when officially entered by their  National Federations to the said event.

6. Does IFBB Perform Doping Control? How does it work?

The IFBB has performed Doping Control since 1986. At IFBB Continental and World Championships doping control is performed:

  •  Random selection: A number of athletes selected at random throughout the event e.g. at Weigh-in or Prejudging.
  • Weighted selection: A number of athletes selected at random from among the top finalists e.g. at Finals.

The IFBB reserves the right to Target Test any athlete.

The IFBB is a Signatory to the WADA Code. Participating National Federations have a duty and an obligation to ensure that their athletes are competing drug-free to the IFBB international contests.

7. As an IFBB athlete,  am I obliged to perform doping tests if requested?

Yes, you are. The athlete’s refusal to perform doping test, constitutes the Anti-Doping Rule Violation, pursuant the current IFBB Anti-Doping Rules and the current WADA Code (article 2.3)

8. Does IFBB give courses or seminars about judging, science of training and nutrition? How does it work?

Yes, it does. The IFBB runs courses and seminars in different countries and continents, according to the current needs and yearly schedule. Participants receive adequate Certificates or Licenses at  the end of each course. To get more information contact