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Discussions to add bodybuilding to the IOC

Sumner will add new programs to local federation
Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: Oct 25, 2013

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Getting the International Olympics Committee (IOC) to add bodybuilding to the games should bring glamor and boost the interest level in the sport, according to Danny Sumner, president of the local governing body in the country.

At the congress meeting, held earlier this month during the annual Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, Sumner said the main focus of the group was to find ways to get the sport into the Olympic Games. He revealed that president of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Rafael Santonja was in attendance and reassured the member federations that he is working hard to get the sport added to the list of disciplines in the IOC. Currently, 28 sporting disciplines are contested at the Summer Olympics.

“For the first time in a long time, we had the international president at the CAC, and he also addressed the congress,” said Sumner. “A lot of things were discussed and I will try to use some of the new things that were discussed there, here in our local federation. The IFBB is in a rebuilding stage, and is now rebuilding its judging arsenal. The reason for that, this is according to the international president, is we are working hard to get on the IOC program. His speech was very timely, because we in the CAC hadn’t seen the president in a number of years, so it was a pleasure to have him there and address the persons who were there.

“Like I said, the IFBB is now focusing on getting in the IOC. With that in mind, we are trying to establish a strong judging panel and strengthen our anti-doping situation. The international body is now with WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency). Now that we have added the male physique and bikini/swimsuit categories, it is imperative that we strengthen and educate our people. Whether we are educating them on anti-doping, judging or food and nutrition, we need to bring more awareness to the sport.

“These two disciplines have taken off so the judging has to be expanded to deal with those two divisions. In fact, we firmly believe that fitness may be in the Olympics before bodybuilding.”

Sumner, who heads the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (BBFF), said it is crucial that the country adopt the changes quickly, once they are handed down by the IFBB. He said the local federation has a number of programs that it hopes to start in the upcoming months, but getting the judges certified is a priority.

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