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by Armando M. One of the most important moments for the IFBB History, in this 2016, was the ANOC (Association of National Olympic Committees) and PASO (Pan American Sport Organization) General Assemblies; celebrated in Doha (Qatar), in November, with the presence of most of the NOC´s presidents, leaded by IOC President Thomas Bach and ANOC President, Sheik Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah.
In this double meeting was updated the Olympic Agenda for the next years and, with the unanimous ratification by the Pan American Olympic Assembly, Bodybuilding would be included, for the next Pan American Games, in 2019, as medalist sport. President Santonja was in Doha, attending this historical Assembly, accompanied by General Juan Santiago Estrada (IFBB Advisor and General Secretary of the Nicaraguan Olympic Committee).
Picture: Great news came from Qatar -one of the countries where Bodybuilding is really a popular sport-, in November: President Santonja was celebrating the full recognition of Bodybuilding in the Pan American Olympic Family, with General Juan Santiago Estrada and his wife Melania Estrada (right), Antonio Espinos (President of the World Karate Federation), and several members of the Qatar Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation, chaired by Mr. Adel Al Ansari (left).
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by Armando M. An important number of Bodybuilding Clubs and athletes took part at the 2016 IFBB Mr. & Miss Mauritius National Bodybuilding Championships, celebrated 11th December in Centre-de-Flacq, one of the most developed and popular villages in Mauritius Island.
Organized by the Mauritius National Federation (FBBA), chaired by president Goolam Cader Ally; the 2016 Championships discovered new Bodybuilding stars, as the young Jimmy Reinald (from Iron Max Gym) who took the “Mr. Mauritius” title, defeating other great athletes as Sandier Ramasamy, Patrick Boodhun and Jonathan Hurry. In female category, the “Miss Mauritius” title went to Emrith Yunisha (from Brahaya Gym).
Located at the Indian Ocean, about 2.000 km to African continent, Republic of Mauritius is a beautiful island nation, with over 1.3 million population really multiethnic and multicultural but with one important thing in common: passion for sports! Under leadership of president Goolam Cader Ally, FBBA is recognized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and IFBB & ABBF affiliated.
Picture: 2016 Mr. Mauritius, Jimmy Reinald; joined by FBBA president, Mr. Goolam Cader Ally (left), Mr. Max Suen and Mr. Parsad Balkissoon (FBBA Gral. Secretary; right).
by Armando M. Nicaraguan Olympic Committee (CON) awarded President Santonja, during recent its recent Olympic Gala organized in Managua, for the great support he has given to Bodybuilding and Fitness, in Nicaragua.
The CON President, Mag. Emmett Lang, delivered to President Santonja a plaque of recognition for his leadership in this sport, avoiding cultural or social barriers, and reaching the highest development for IFBB. Joined by sport Executives as General Juan Santiago Estrada (CON Gral. Secretary and IFBB Advisor) and Mr. Eduardo Abdallah (IFBB Vice-president for Central America and CON Member); Mr. Lang awarded, in the same ceremony, the president of the Olympic Committee of Peru, Mr. José Quiñonez González.
Picture: CON President, Mag. Emmet Lang (right); awarding IFBB President, Dr. Santonja and Peruvian Olympic Committee president, Mr. José Quiñonez; joined by sport executives, General Juan Santiago Estrada and Eduardo Abdallah.
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by Armando M. During the Nicaraguan Olympic Gala, celebrated in Managua, last 15th Decemeber; President Santonja took the chance to speaks with several Olympic American idols, invited as well by the Nicaraguan Olympic Committee (CON). Among them, were distinguished names such Cuban Olympic stars, Mr. Alberto Juantorena (double Olympic champion in Montreal ’76; member of the International Athletics Federation (IAAF) Hall of Fame and member of the IOC), with which President Santonja share a long friendship in time; and Mr. Ruperto Herrera (a member of the World Basketball Hall of Fame, bronze medalist at the Munich Olympics ’72 and current General Secretary of the Olympic Committee of Cuba).
Cuba have a wide tradition in sport, and its Olympic Committee is one of the most strong and well organized in Caribbean área. Beside this, the culture of weight lifting and training is widely ingrained in the island: an important point in common with IFBB spirit.
Picture: President Santonja and Mag. Emmet Lang (CON President), joining Olympic Executives as Mrs. Antonieta Ocón (CON member), Ing. Bertha Cuadra (FNVB President), Mr. Alberto Juantorena (Cuban O.C. Vice-president) and Mr. Ruperto Herrera (Cuban O.C. Gral. Secretary).
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