Odgovor Pe maj 24, 2019 06:57

Schwarzenegger wants drug testing at bodybuilding events

The subject of drug testing has been one of the most controversial and debated subjects in the sport of bodybuilding and fitness.

In a recent seminar with Arnold Schwarzenegger at the 2019 Arnold Sports Festival Africa, Schwarzenegger talked about the subject of drugs and bodybuilding.

There are five Arnold Sport Festivals organized every year. Two are sanctioned by the IFBB and three are sanctioned by the NPC.

Before the split in 2017, all the amateur competitions were sanctioned by the IFBB and were run under the watchful eye of WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency).

After the split between the IFBB and NPC in 2017, two shows remained sanctioned under the IFBB (Europe and Africa) and the other three (USA, Australia and Brazil) are sanctioned under the NPC.

After the split, many NPC supporters predicted that the IFBB will suffer because of their drug testing, but the opposite happened. Athletes registering for contests increased drastically.

The difference between these two federations is that all IFBB (President Dr. Rafael Santonja) amateur competitions are affiliated with WADA and random testing is done at more than 2000 bodybuilding and fitness competitions all over the world.

The NPC (President Jim Manion) has no drug testing in any of their amateur events.

Ben Weider dedicated his entire life to get the IFBB into the Olympics and this dream has been kept alive by his successor IFBB President Dr. Rafael Santonja. The dream of the IFBB being involved in the Olympics has basically come a reality as the IFBB are participating in a number of events associated with the Olympics. As well the IFBB is recognized by a majority of Olympic committee’s in countries all over the world.

To be affiliated with Olympic committee all over the world the IFBB has to have their competitions organized under the strict rules of WADA, meaning random testing during bodybuilding events. If an athlete fails a test, they will immediately get suspended by the IFBB.

The IFBB is the only authority in bodybuilding, whose anti-doping program is in full compliance with the WADA Code.

Moving over to the NPC, they absolutely have no testing for their amateur events. The NPC is privately owned business run by President Jim Manion.

Even though the NPC/Pro League use Ben Weider’s name in various competitions, they are actually going against and ridiculing everything Ben Weider worked so hard for.

Another important fact is that Jim Manion is listed in the WADA Prohibited list of Associations, for committing anti-doping rule violations.

This means that all Athletes are prohibited from associating with any such Athlete Support Personnel pursuant to Article 2.10 of the Code. However, Athletes should be aware that they are also prohibited from associating with any Athlete or other Person who is currently serving a period of ineligibility, and who has, while ineligible, acted as an Athlete Support Person
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