IWGA suspends International Bodybuilding Federation

DUBAI (28/04/2010) On Monday, the 26th of April, the Annual General Meeting of the IWGA (International World Games Association) confirmed the decision of the Executive Committee to suspend the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB). At their meeting in the context of the SportAccord Convention 2010 in Dubai the representatives of 19 member federations voted to confirm the suspension decided by the Executive Committee (with 9 votes against and no abstentions).

The re-elected IWGA President Ron Froehlich described the vote by the assembly as an important expression of support for the decision of the Executive Committee to suspend the IFBB. The IWGA Executive Committee had unanimously suspended the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness and its athletes from The World Games.

The reason was: four bodybuilders had been tested positive for banned substances under the IWGA Anti-Doping Rules at The 8th World Games 2009 in Kaohsiung. One athlete tested positive twice. All in all, only five athletes tested positive during the 2009 games. Of all 25 cases of doping detected during The World Games since 1989, 17 had to do with bodybuilding (more than 68 percent).

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