HARARE – Zimbabwe has officially been accepted into the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) paving way for local athletes to compete in international contests.
The National Federation of Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness (NFZBBF) received the blessing from IFBB after a strenuous journey which began December last year.
Their first port of call was lobbying Adel Fahim, the IFBB first vice president and executive assistant to the president.
The Egyptian Fahim, who is also the African federations’ president, forwarded Zimbabwe’s request to the IFBB secretariat.
IFBB general secretary William Tierney wrote to NFZBBF president Kenny Murugweni confirming the latest developments.
Zimbabwe’s membership will be ratified at the IFBB Annual General Meeting on the condition the NFZBBF meets the terms and conditions specified under Article 15.2 of the IFBB constitution.
“With reference to your email that we received through the African federation, in which you expressed your wish to become the IFBB National Federation in Zimbabwe, I am pleased to inform you that the National Federation of Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness (NFZBBF), will be provisionally recognised by the International Federation of Bodybuilding and fitness (IFBB) as the national federation in Zimbabwe providing that you have met the terms and conditions specified under Article 15.2 of the IFBB constitution,” wrote Tierney.
“The IFBB confirms that Full Recognition will be granted by the IFBB International Congress at its Annual General Meeting once you have met the terms and conditions specified under Article 15.2 of the IFBB constitution.”
NFZBBF spokesperson, Quiet Shangai said the provisional recognition was a welcome development adding that his federation will work towards completing the journey into full-membership.
“This is a dream come true, we are excited about it and would like to thank all the African IFBB representatives and everyone who has been guarding us with advice,” Shangai told the Daily News.
“We are now one foot in and ensuring that both feet touch the ground is what we are going to be working on momentarily to ensure that we meet all the requirements as enshrined in Article 15.2 of the IFBB constitution.”
This will come as a welcome development for local bodybuilders, who had to go to compete in South Africa since Zimbabwe was not allowed to enter the IFBB competitions.