IFBB Directive 2002-005

April 15, 2002

AMENDMENTS TO RULES GOVERNING PARTICIPATION AT IFBB INTERNATIONAL AMATEUR EVENTS

General:

In order to ensure the most effective and efficient organization, control, supervision and management of IFBB international amateur championships and the IFBB International Congress, the following rules and regulations shall form part of the Amateur Rules for Bodybuilding and Fitness, 2001 Editions, and shall take effect on April 15, 2002:

  1. National Team Managers:
  2. All National Federations participating at IFBB international amateur events must appoint a National Team Manager whose duties shall be:

    • To act as liaison between the National Team and the event officials and to cooperate fully with these officials in the successful hosting of the event.
    • To take care of all National Team members.
    • To ensure that all National Team members are fully aware of, and abide by, the rules and regulations governing participation at the event, including doping control testing.
    • To ensure that all National Team members fully comply with the event schedule of activities.
    • To attend the National Team Manager's meeting, the Official Weigh-in and/or Height Measurement, the Prejudging and Finals, the Welcome Dinner (if applicable), and the Farewell Banquet.

    The National Federation shall be responsible for determining the accreditation status of the National Team Manager. Normally, with three of more competitors, two delegates are permitted. With one or two competitors, one delegate is permitted. With no competitors, delegates are responsible for their own expenses.

    If the National Federation determines that the National Team Manager is a "permitted delegate", the event organizer shall be responsible for those expenses detailed in the IFBB rules. If the National Federation determines that the National Team Manager is not a "permitted delegate" (e.g. an extra delegate or official), the National Federation shall be responsible for all expenses incurred by this individual.

    The National Federation may determine that the Chief Delegate and National Team Manager is one and the same person.

  3. Preliminary and Final Entry Form Deadlines:
  4. National Federations must comply with the Preliminary and Final Entry Form deadlines as follows:

    1. The Preliminary Entry Forms must be returned to the organizer no later than 60 days before the date scheduled for Prejudging.

    2. The Final Entry Forms must be returned to the organizer no later than the second Monday preceding the date scheduled for the Prejudging, failing which the National Federation will be disqualified from participation.

    The Final Entry Form must contain the Passport Name and Number of all participants.

  5. IFBB Registration and Hotel Check-in:
  6. The IFBB is aware that some National Team members are attempting to circumvent the rules and regulations regarding IFBB Registration and Hotel Check-in by purposefully misrepresenting the number of officials, extra officials, competitors, and supporters.

    Any person found guilty of this type of misrepresentation will be subject to immediate disciplinary action, pursuant to the Code of Ethics, and the withdrawal of access to all event activities.

    All National Teams, upon arrival, must first report to the IFBB Registration desk, failing which they will not be accepted as official participants.

  7. Accreditation:
  8. All official participants at IFBB international amateur events must be properly accredited. Normally, this shall entail the use of Identification Cards, or ID cards.

    The ID card must be worn to gain access to all event activities, failing which access will be denied.

  9. Attendance at the Judge's and Team Manager's Meeting:
  10. Attendance at the Judge's and Team Manager's Meetings is compulsory. All Judges and Team Managers must attend their respective meetings. Any judge who fails to attend the Judge's Meeting will be eliminated from the judging panel. Each National Federation that is participating in the event must ensure that a Team Manager attends the Team Manager's meeting, failing which the federation will receive a Letter of Reprimand.

  11. Coaches and/or Trainers:
  12. Each National Federation shall be entitled to only one coach or trainer in the backstage area, who shall be of the same sex as the competitors.

  13. Competitors Arriving Late for Prejudging or Finals:
  14. Any competitor who does not accompany his or her category when initially called onstage will be immediately disqualified from competition.

  15. Judges Arriving Late for Prejudging or Finals:
  16. Any judge who arrives after the commencement of judging for his or her particular category will be immediately eliminated from the judging panel for the entire competition.

    As the composition of the judging panels will be revealed immediately before the prejudging, all judges must be present.

  17. Attendance at Official Functions:
  18. Attendance at Official Functions, such as the Welcome Dinner and Farewell Banquet, is considered compulsory. Failure to attend, without a valid reason, is disrespectful to the host and contrary to the Code of Ethics.

  19. Attendance at the International Congress:
  20. Each National Federation that is present must send at least one delegate to the International Congress. If a National Federation does not have a delegate present, then a competitor must attend as the delegate. Delegates must arrive before the Congress is called to order and must remain present until the Congress is adjourned. Late arrivals and/or early departures are disrespectful to the Congress and contrary to the Code of Ethics.

AS PRESIDENT OR GENERAL SECRETARY OF YOUR NATIONAL FEDERATION, YOU ARE OBLIGATED TO ENSURE THAT ALL MEMBERS OF YOUR NATIONAL TEAM ARE MADE FULLY AWARE OF THESE RULES AND REGULATIONS.

Ben Weider, C.M., C.Q., SBStJ, Ph.D.
President

Explanatory Notice:
Article 1.2 of the Amateur Rules for Bodybuilding and Fitness, 2001 Editions, provides the authority for the President, Executive Assistant to the President, Executive Director, and General Secretary to amend the rules between annual meetings of the Executive Council. These amendments, issued via Directives, shall have force and effect on the date so indicated and shall remain in effect until the next annual meeting of the Executive Council, at which time they shall either be ratified or rejected.


 

IFBB Directive 2002-004

April 15, 2002

AMENDMENTS TO THE IFBB ANTI-DOPING PROGRAM, AMATEUR DIVISION, 2002 EDITION REGARDING DOPING CONTROL PROCEDURES

Rules and Regulations Governing Doping Control at IFBB Competitions:

The following rules and regulations governing Doping Control at IFBB competitions shall form part of the Anti-Doping Program, Amateur Division, 2002 Edition and shall take effect on April 15, 2002:

  1. Article 9 of the IFBB Anti-Doping Program, 2002 Edition:
  2. Article 9 of the IFBB Anti-Doping Program, 2002 Edition, is hereby amended as follows:

    • The title of Article 9 is amended to "Doping and Doping-Related Offences".
    • Article 9.2 is amended as follows:

      For the purpose of the Program, a doping-related offence shall occur when:

      • An individual refuses or fails to follow proper doping control procedures when directed to do so by doping control officials;
      • An individual refuses or fails to cooperate fully with doping control officials during the performance of their duties;
      • An individual uses vulgar, abusive, offensive or threatening language and/or gestures towards doping control officials.

    • The current Article 9.2 is amended to Article 9.3.
    • The current Article 9.3 is amended to Article 9.4.

  3. Cooperation:
  4. Due to the inherent anxiety associated with doping control, and the somewhat intrusive nature of such controls, the IFBB has witnessed a growing increase in a lack of cooperation between some National Team members and doping control officials.

    All National Team officials must cooperate fully with the doping control officials in the performance of their duties, failing which disciplinary action will be immediately taken against the offender, pursuant to the Code of Ethics.

    All National Team competitors selected for doping control, whether randomly or compulsorily, must cooperate fully with the doping control officials in the performance of their duties, failing which the competitor will be immediately charged with a Doping Offence, pursuant to Article 9.2 of the Anti-Doping Program.

  5. Doping Control Escorts:
  6. Competitors who are randomly or compulsorily selected for doping control must accompany the Doping Control Escort directly to the Doping Control Station, failing which the competitor will be immediately charged with a Doping Offence, pursuant to Article 9.2 of the Anti-Doping Program.

  7. Representatives:
  8. Pursuant to the IFBB Anti-Doping Program, each National Team should provide for a same-sex representative to accompany the selected competitor to the Doping Control Station. This representative should remain at the Doping Control Station throughout the collection process. The representative must provide the Doping Control Officer with valid identification. The representative will not be entitled to accompany the competitor to the voiding area.

  9. Personal Effects:
  10. Pursuant to the IFBB Anti-Doping Program, any personal effects (e.g. clothing, gym bags, etc) brought into the Doping Control Station, by either the competitor or his or her representative, shall be subject to search at the request of the Doping Control Officer. Any failure to allow the search to take place, if by the competitor, will result in the competitor being charged with a Doping Offence, pursuant to Article 9.2 of the Anti-Doping Program. If the failure is by a representative, he or she will be immediately escorted from the Doping Control Station and will be subjected to disciplinary action pursuant to the Code of Ethics.

  11. Failure to Remain at the Doping Control Station:
  12. Competitors must remain at the Doping Control Station until the entire collection process has been completed, failing which the competitor will be immediately charged with a Doping Offence, pursuant to Article 9.2 of the Anti-Doping Program. The only exception is where permission is granted by the Doping Control Officer and then, only under the direct supervision of a Doping Control Escort.

  13. The Voiding Process:
  14. Competitors must provide a urine sample under the direct observation of a witness. The witness shall have the right to request that the competitor remove any clothing that may prevent direct observation of the voiding process. The competitor must comply, failing which the competitor will be immediately charged with a Doping Offence, pursuant to Article 9.2 of the Anti-Doping Program.

  15. Manipulation:
  16. Manipulation is considered a banned method and is therefore a Doping Offence, pursuant to Article 9.1.2 of the Anti-Doping Program.

    The witness shall have the right to examine the competitor for manipulation devices. This shall require that the competitor prove that no manipulation device is present on or in his or her body. The competitor must comply, failing which the competitor will be immediately charged with a Doping Offence, pursuant to Article 9.2 of the Anti-Doping Program.

  17. Determination of a Finding of Refusal, Failure, or Manipulation:
  18. The onsite Doping Control Officer, in consultation with other doping control officials, shall have the authority to determine that a Doping Offence has been committed, pursuant to Article 9.1.2 or Article 9.2 of the Anti-Doping Program. This finding shall be noted on the Doping Control Form, which shall then be signed by all witnesses to the incident that led to the finding. The competitor shall be given a copy of this form.

  19. Conduct:
  20. At a recent event, several competitors were verbally abusive to the witness and other doping control officials.

    If a competitor uses vulgar, abusive, offensive or threatening language, and/or gestures, towards the witness or any other doping control official, the Doping Control Officer shall have the authority to halt the testing of that competitor and immediately charge the competitor with a Doping Offence, pursuant to Article 9.2 of the Anti-Doping Program.

  21. Witnesses:
  22. The IFBB reserves the right to use two witnesses to observe the voiding process.

  23. Amount of Urine Required:
  24. Normally, the competitor must submit a minimum of 75 ml of urine, regardless of how long it takes to do so. The Doping Control Officer shall have discretionary power to amend this requirement.

  25. Specific Gravity and pH Levels:
  26. The Doping Control Officer shall check the specific gravity and pH levels of the urine sample. If these tests do not meet acceptable limits, the Doping Control Officer may request further samples. The competitor must comply, failing which the competitor will be immediately charged with a Doping Offence, pursuant to Article 9.2 of the Anti-Doping Program.

  27. Urine Color:
  28. If the Doping Control Officer is suspicious of the urine sample based on color, he or she may request another sample. The competitor must comply, failing which the competitor will be immediately charged with a Doping Offence, pursuant to Article 9.2 of the Anti-Doping Program.

  29. Article 39 of the IFBB Anti-Doping Program, 2002 Edition:
  30. Article 39 of the IFBB Anti-Doping Program, Amateur Division, 2002 Edition, is hereby amended as follows:

    • The title of Article 39 is amended to "Protest and Appeal Procedures".
    • Insert Article 39.21, which shall state:

      The failure of a competitor, and/or his or her representative, to sign a Doping Control Form cannot be used as a defense to negate a Positive Test Result or a finding under Article 9.1.2 or Article 9.2 of the Anti-Doping Program.

    • Insert Article 39.22, which shall state:

      A deviation from the Anti-Doping Program cannot be used as a defense to negate a Positive Test Result unless the deviation can be shown to cast doubt upon the identity, security, and/or integrity of the sample and therefore, the validity and reliability of the test results. Similarly, such a deviation cannot be used to negate a finding of guilt under Article 9.1.2 or Article 9.2 unless the deviation can be shown to be unjustifiably prejudicial to the individual.

    • Insert Article 39.23, which shall state:

      The competitor and/or the National Federation shall have the right to protest a doping or doping-related offence, pursuant to Article 39 of the Anti-Doping Program. Although this article primarily governs the protest of a Positive Test Result, it may be modified as required to allow for the protest of any doping-related offence. A protest shall be considered the first avenue of petition against a doping or doping-related offence.

    • Insert Article 39.24, which shall state:

      The competitor and/or the National Federation shall have the right to appeal, pursuant to Article 20.1 of the IFBB Constitution. An appeal shall be considered the last avenue of petition against a doping or doping-related offence.

AS PRESIDENT OR GENERAL SECRETARY OF YOUR NATIONAL FEDERATION, YOU ARE OBLIGATED TO ENSURE THAT ALL MEMBERS OF YOUR NATIONAL TEAM ARE MADE FULLY AWARE OF THESE RULES AND REGULATIONS.

Ben Weider, C.M., C.Q., SBStJ, Ph.D.
IFBB President

Explanatory Notice:
Articles 3 and 11 of the IFBB Anti-Doping Program, Amateur Division, 2002 Edition, provides the authority for the IFBB and its Medical Commission to amend the rules between annual meetings of the Executive Council. These amendments, issued via Directives, shall have force and effect on the date so indicated and shall remain in effect until the next annual meeting of the Executive Council, at which time they shall either be ratified or rejected.


 

IFBB Directive 2002-003

April 15, 2002

AMENDMENTS TO IFBB AMATEUR BODYBUILDING AND FITNESS RULES, 2001 EDITION, REGARDING THE OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN AND/OR HEIGHT MEASUREMENT

Rules and Regulations Governing the Official Weigh-in and/or Height Measurement at IFBB Competitions:

The following rules and regulations governing the Official Weigh-in and/or Height Measurement at IFBB competitions shall form part of the Amateur Rules for Bodybuilding and Fitness, 2001 Edition, and shall take effect on April 15, 2002:

  1. Access to the Official Weigh-in and/or Height Measurement:
  2. The current practice of opening this activity to nonessential personnel has the potential to create control and management problems. Except for essential IFBB, organizer, and doping control officials, and legitimate media personnel, access to the Official Weigh-in and/or Height Measurement shall be restricted to the following National Federation individuals:

    • The Chief Delegate;
    • The Team Manager; and
    • The Competitors.

    Access will not be granted to other officials, coaches, trainers, or supporters.

  3. Weigh-in and Height Measurement Attire:
  4. All competitors must weigh-in, or have their height measured, in proper posing attire, failing which the competitor will not be processed. Any competitor who strips naked, or attempts to weigh-in in underwear, jock strap, or similar attire, will be immediately disqualified from competition.

  5. Official Weigh-in Scales:
  6. At a recent event, some competitors were allowed to attempt weigh-in on both scales. This has the potential to create unnecessary confusion and criticism of the weigh-in process.

    Two scales are normally used to expedite the weigh-in process. The accuracy of each scale is verified by the IFBB Chief Official immediately before weigh-in. Once this occurs, both scales are considered "official".

    The weight categories are normally divided equally, so that a certain number of categories are weighed-in on each scale. Once this division of categories is determined by the IFBB Chief Official, the competitors must be weighed-in on the scale assigned to his or her category. Unless a scale ceases to function, under no circumstances shall a competitor be allowed to weigh-in on a scale other than the one assigned to that competitor's category.

  7. Competition Registration:
  8. A competitor is officially registered in the competition when he or she is processed by the Official Registrar. Each competitor must present a valid passport for identification and registration, failing which the competitor will not be processed.

  9. Competitor Numbers:
  10. Except where otherwise noted, each competitor must randomly select his or her own competitor number. This number, once selected, must be immediately returned to the Official Registrar.

  11. Posing Music:
  12. At a recent event, two competitors from the same country, in different categories, wished to use the same posing music and attempted to use one cassette for both competitors.

    Each competitor must submit to the Official Registrar a copy of his or her own music cassette. If two or more competitors from the same National Federation, but in different categories, intend to use the same posing music, each competitor must provide a copy of his or her own cassette, failing which the competitor will not be processed.

  13. Failure to Make Weight:
  14. Making weight is the responsibility of the competitor. IFBB rules allow 30 minutes for a competitor to make weight. If the competitor does not return within 30 minutes, he or she will be immediately disqualified from competition.

  15. Random Doping Control Selection:
  16. It has come to the attention of the IFBB that some competitors may be attempting to bypass the random doping control selection by weighing-in at the end of the lineup, purposefully not making weight, taking the full 30-minute "make-weight" period, and hoping that the random doping control selection will be made during their absence from the room, thus escaping the selection.

    If a competitor has not made weight during the normal weigh-in period for a category, and if the competitor is outside the room for the 30-minute "make-weight" period, the random doping control selection will proceed without the competitor being present. A competitor number will be selected by the IFBB Chief Official and assigned to the competitor. This number will be included in the random doping control selection for the category in which the competitor is attempting to make weight. If the competitor does not make weight for this category, and is placed in the next higher weight category, the competitor shall not be subjected to a second random selection.

  17. Failure to Remain at the Weigh-in and/or Height Measurement:
  18. At a recent event, a competitor left the room after weigh-in and before the random doping control selection for his category. The competitor's number was randomly selected and doping control officials then had to track down the competitor and escort him to the Doping Control Station.

    Once a competitor has been processed by the Official Registrar, the competitor shall remain in the Weigh-in and/or Height Measurement room until the random doping control selection has been completed, failing which the competitor will be immediately disqualified from competition.

  19. Late Arrivals:
  20. It has come to the attention of the IFBB that some competitors are purposefully arriving late for weigh-in and/or height measurement in an attempt to avoid the random doping control selections.

    All competitors must be present at the start of the Official Weigh-in and/or Height Measurement. Any competitor who arrives after the weigh-in or height measurement of his or her category has been completed must immediately report to the IFBB Chief Official.

    The IFBB recognizes that there may be a valid reason for arriving late that is beyond the control of the competitor e.g. unexpectedly delayed flight. In such cases, the competitor must request permission to participate from the IFBB Chief Official. As a condition to participation, the competitor must submit to a compulsory drug test.

    The Official Weigh-in and/or Height Measurement will close 30 minutes after the last category has been processed. Any competitor arriving after the official closure will be immediately disqualified from competition.

  21. Prejudicial Conduct and/or Inappropriate Behavior:
  22. At a recent event, an incident arose between a coach/trainer and a member of the organizing committee, which culminated in the member being shoved by the coach/trainer.

    Any act of prejudicial conduct and/or inappropriate behavior, committed by a competitor during the Official Weigh-in and/or Height Measurement, will be grounds for immediate disqualification from competition and the removal of access to all event activities.

    Any act of prejudicial conduct and/or inappropriate behavior, committed by an official during the Official Weigh-in and/or Height Measurement, will be grounds for immediate disciplinary action and the removal of access from all event activities.

AS PRESIDENT OR GENERAL SECRETARY OF YOUR NATIONAL FEDERATION, YOU ARE OBLIGATED TO ENSURE THAT ALL MEMBERS OF YOUR NATIONAL TEAM ARE MADE FULLY AWARE OF THESE RULES AND REGULATIONS.

Ben Weider, C.M., C.Q., SBStJ, Ph.D.
IFBB President

Explanatory Notice:
Article 1.2 of the Amateur Rules for Bodybuilding and Fitness, 2001 Editions, provides the authority for the President, Executive Assistant to the President, Executive Director, and General Secretary to amend the rules between annual meetings of the Executive Council. These amendments, issued via Directives, shall have force and effect on the date so indicated and shall remain in effect until the next annual meeting of the Executive Council, at which time they shall either be ratified or rejected.


 

IFBB Directive 2002-002

January 1, 2002

REFUSAL OR FAILURE

The refusal of an athlete to submit to a doping control, or the failure of an athlete to cooperate with the doping control officials, shall be considered a Doping Offence.

Once informed of a refusal or failure, the IFBB shall immediately take disciplinary action against the athlete.

For a first offence, the athlete shall be suspended for two years. For a second offence, the athlete shall be suspended for life.

The athlete's National Federation shall pay an automatic US $2,000.00 fine regardless of whether or not the athlete was tested before his or her participation in the event.

MANIPULATION

Pharmacological, chemical, or physical manipulation of the urine shall be considered a Doping Offence.

Once informed of a manipulation, the IFBB shall immediately take disciplinary action against the athlete.

For a first offence, the athlete shall be suspended for two years. For a second offence, the athlete shall be suspended for life.

The athlete's National Federation shall pay an automatic US $2,000.00 fine regardless of whether or not the athlete was tested before his or her participation in the event.


 

IFBB Directive 2002-001

January 1, 2002

Preliminary Entry Form:

That the deadline date for the Preliminary Entry Form shall be 60 days before the date scheduled for the Prejudging. The exact date shall be specified on the Form.

Final Entry Form:

That the deadline date for the Final Entry Form shall be the second Monday preceding the date scheduled for the Prejudging. The exact date shall be specified on the Form.

Passport Name and Number:

That the Final Entry Form shall contain the Passport Number and Name, in English and as written in the Passport, for all participating athletes and delegates.

Notice:

That National Federations that fail to meet the deadline date for the Final Entry Form shall be ineligible for participation in the event.


 

IFBB Directive 2001-004

January 15, 2001

PROTEST PROCEDURES FOR
DOPING OFFENCES

As you are already aware, effective January 1, 2000, the new IOC and IFBB doping rules no longer allow for a "B" sample confirmation analysis.

Upon receipt of a Certificate of Analysis from an IOC-accredited laboratory identifying an "A" sample positive test result, the IFBB will immediately impose disciplinary measures against the athlete pursuant to the IFBB Doping Control Policy & Anti-Doping Program.

The IFBB will forward, by facsimile transmission, a Letter of Notification to the President or General Secretary of the athlete's National Federation. Upon receipt of this letter, the President or General Secretary MUST IMMEDIATELY NOTIFY THE ATHLETE of the Doping Offence AND his or her right of protest. The following protest procedures are detailed in the Letter of Notification and MUST BE EXPLAINED TO THE ATHLETE:

  1. The protest MUST be based on one or more of the following issues:

    • IDENTITY of the sample; and/or
    • SECURITY of the sample; and/or
    • INTEGRITY of the sample,

    such that doubt is cast on the sample collection process and therefore, on the VALIDITY and/or RELIABILITY of the test results.

  2. The Letter of Protest MUST be filed in writing through the athlete's National Federation and not directly to the IFBB.

  3. The Letter of Protest MUST be filed within 30 days of the date of the Letter of Notification.

  4. Unsupported claims WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED as sufficient grounds for protest. For example, the athlete claims to have not taken a prohibited substance; or claims ignorance of the prohibited substance; or claims someone else is responsible.

  5. The athlete will be held SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for any prohibited substance(s) found in his or her body through urine analysis.

  6. A Certificate of Analysis from an IOC-accredited laboratory will be considered Prima Facie evidence (taken at face value) and will be considered as having met the burden of proof that the athlete has committed a Doping Offence. The onus will then be on the athlete to defend any claim that the Positive Test Result is in error.

  7. If the athlete does not wish to protest, no further action will be required.

  8. If the athlete does wish to protest, and the protest is allowed, arrangements will be made for an analysis of the athlete's "B" sample. THIS IS NOT A CONFIRMATION ANALYSIS. The arrangements will be made by the IFBB and not by the athlete.

  9. The athlete, and/or a representative chosen by the athlete, is entitled to be present during the opening of the "B" sample. The athlete may waive this right and request that the analysis proceed in his or her absence.

  10. The analysis of the "B" sample MUST be undertaken by the same IOC-accredited laboratory that analyzed the "A" sample.

  11. All costs associated with the analysis of the "B" sample will be paid in advance by the athlete, failing which the analysis will not be done.

  12. Upon receipt of the Certificate of Analysis on the "B" sample test results, the IFBB will immediately forward, via facsimile transmission, a Letter of Notification to the President or General Secretary of the athlete's National Federation.

  13. Upon receipt of this letter, the President or General Secretary MUST IMMEDIATELY NOTIFY THE ATHLETE of the "B" sample test results.

  14. If the "B" sample test results are positive, no further action will be required.

  15. If the "B" sample test results are negative, all disciplinary measures that may have been taken against the athlete will be immediately withdrawn and, any titles, medals, and awards will be returned to the athlete.

Please note that the IFBB continues to remain strongly committed to following the IOC Olympic Movement Anti-Doping Code and the IFBB Doping Control Policy & Anti-Doping Program in its efforts to ensure drug-free sport.

Ben Weider, C.M., C.Q., Ph.D.
IFBB President


 

IFBB Directive 2001-003

January 22, 2001

PENALTIES FOR FAILURE TO APPLY
DOPING CONTROL RULES

The IFBB Constitution and Rules, and the IFBB Doping Control Policy & Anti-Doping Program, state that all National Federations shall conduct doping control programs and shall ensure that all athletes are competing drug-free at IFBB-sanctioned amateur events.

Upon receipt of a Certificate of Analysis from an IOC-accredited laboratory confirming an "A" sample positive test result, the IFBB will immediately take the following measures:

THE ATHLETE

  1. A Letter of Notification will be forwarded, via facsimile transmission, to the President or General Secretary of the athlete's National Federation. The letter will provide details of the Doping Offence, penalties imposed, and protest procedures as they apply to the athlete.

  2. The President or General Secretary of the athlete's National Federation will be solely responsible for immediately advising the athlete of the Doping Offence.

  3. For a first offence involving Anabolic Agents, Diuretics, Peptide and Glycoprotein Hormones and Analogues, and/or Pharmacological, Chemical or Physical Manipulation of the urine, the athlete will immediately be suspended for a period of 2 to 4 years. For a second offence, the athlete will immediately be suspended for life.

  4. For a first offence involving Prohibited Substances and Methods other than those listed above, the athlete will immediately be suspended for a period of 3 to 6 months. A second offence will result in a 2-year suspension; a third offence will result in a lifetime suspension.

  5. For an offence involving Restricted Substances, the issue of penalties shall be decided on a per-case basis.

  6. A refusal or failure to follow proper doping control procedures will be treated the same as a Doping Offence and will result in a 2-year suspension for a first offence, and a lifetime suspension for a second offence.

THE NATIONAL FEDERATION

  1. A Letter of Notification and an Invoice will be forwarded, via facsimile transmission, to the President or General Secretary of the athlete's National Federation. The Invoice will provide details of the Doping Offence, penalties imposed, and protest procedures as they apply to the National Federation.

  2. For a first offence, a US$2,000 fine PER ATHLETE and a Letter of Warning.

  3. For a second offence, a US$3,000 fine PER ATHLETE and a Final Letter of Warning.

  4. For a third offence, a US$4,000 fine PER ATHLETE and a 1-year disqualification to the National Federation from participation at all IFBB-sanctioned amateur events, to include hosting and officiating.

  5. All fines must be paid in full within 30 days of the date of the Invoice failing which the National Federation will be banned from participation at all IFBB-sanctioned amateur events, to include hosting and officiating, until the fine is fully paid.

  6. A National Federation commits an offence at an IFBB-sanctioned amateur event when a Certificate of Analysis from an IOC-accredited laboratory reports that one or more of its athletes has returned an "A" sample Positive Test Result.

  7. A National Federation will not have committed an offence if:

    • The athlete was tested within the 30-day time period BEFORE his or her participation at an IFBB-sanctioned amateur event; AND
    • The sample analysis was conducted by an IOC-accredited laboratory; AND
    • The IFBB receives, within 30 days of the date of the Letter of Notification and Invoice, a copy of the Certificate of Analysis AND a copy of the Doping Control Form proving that the athlete was tested negative,

  8. Where any of the abovementioned penalties are imposed on a National Federation, this shall not limit that Federation's authority to govern the sport of bodybuilding and fitness at the National level as a duly recognized affiliate of the IFBB. National Federations, while under disciplinary measures, remain members of the IFBB and therefore, subject to its Constitution and Rules.

  9. The IFBB reserves the right to expel any National Federation, after fair warning, that does not conduct their own Doping Control Programs and ensure that all of their athletes are competing drug-free at IFBB-sanctioned amateur events.

  10. The IFBB reserves the right to publish the name of any athlete or National Federation for failing to comply with its Doping Control rules.

  11. National Federations are solely responsible for remaining current with IFBB Doping Control rules and for advising their athletes accordingly.

Please note that the IFBB continues to remain strongly committed to following the IOC Olympic Movement Anti-Doping Code and the IFBB Doping Control Policy & Anti-Doping Program in its efforts to ensure drug-free sport.

Ben Weider, C.M., C.Q., Ph.D.
IFBB President


 

IFBB Directive 2001-002

January 22, 2001

DECISIONS TAKEN AT THE 2000 EXECUTIVE COUNCIL & CONGRESS MEETINGS

  1. THAT, effective immediately, the mandatory dress code for all delegates who participate in a Parade of Nations shall be formal IFBB attire, that is, black dress shoes, gray dress pants, white shirt, new IFBB tie, and blue blazer with IFBB crest.

  2. THAT, prior to the end of the first quarter of 2001, a questionnaire shall be forwarded to all National Federations with the intent of determining the extent of their Doping Control Programs.

  3. THAT, commencing January 1, 2001, the number of fitness categories at World and Continental events shall be increased from two (2) to three (3). These categories are:

    • up to 160 cm,
    • up to 167 cm,
    • and over 167 cm.

  4. THAT, the increase in the number of fitness categories, and their height limitations, shall also apply to the World Junior Fitness Championships.

  5. THAT, commencing January 1, 2001, at fitness competitions at the World and Continental level, only the top six (6) finalists from Prejudging shall qualify for the Finals instead of the current top ten (10) finalists.

  6. THAT, commencing January 1, 2001, mixed-pairs competition shall no longer be held at the World level. Mixed-Pairs competition may still be held at Continental and National levels.

  7. THAT, all references to the term "Liaison Director" shall be removed from the IFBB Constitution.

  8. THAT, the term "Medical and Doping Committee" shall be changed to "Medical Commission" in the IFBB Constitution and Rules.

Ben Weider, C.M., C.Q., Ph.D.
IFBB President