HARARE - Zimbabwe's request to be affiliated under the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) has been accepted in principle and what remains is the official confirmation letter, the Daily News has learnt.
The National Federation of Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness (NFZBBF) embarked on a journey to get the international recognition at the beginning of the year. The efforts proved worthwhile after the IFBB invited the local body in May for the IFBB Amateur Championships held in South Africa in October.
Wayne Price, the South Africa National Bodybuilding Federation president and Africa’s IFBB representative, confirmed Zimbabwe’s IFBB status in an email conversation to NFZBBF spokesperson Quiet Shangai. He, however, said that they are only waiting for the official letter from the secretary-general.
“This is the great news we received pertaining our request to be affiliated under the IFBB,” Shangai told the Daily News.
“This would mean therefore that come 2015 we would be competing in all IFBB sanctioned competitions without any hustles. You may recall that Victor Hungwe conquered the world when he won in Naples, Italy, but wasn’t even recognised at the just-ended Ansa awards because he used the wrong route, he went there via South Africa and was in essence representing South Africa and not Zimbabwe. We exonerated him and took the blame because we didn’t educate him and the other athletes well but going forward we will have Zimbabwe representation in the coming contests.
“Grant Henderson, the 1993 Mr Zimbabwe champion, also went to the States looking for an IFBB pro-card but the good thing then was that Zimbabwe was affiliated with the IFBB. We simply want to bring back the good old days to our bodybuilding and fitness.”
The IFBB, headquartered in Madrid, Spain, is the international governing body for amateur sports of bodybuilding and fitness and oversees major international events in these sports, notably World and Continental Championships.
The IFBB holds competition at the World Championships level for juniors, seniors and masters in various physique sport disciplines.
The disciplines include men’s bodybuilding, men’s classic bodybuilding, men’s and women’s fitness, men’s and women’s physique, women’s body fitness, women’s bikini fitness, mixed pairs, children fitness, mixed pairs and men’s wheelchair bodybuilding.