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Civil War in the IFBB?

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Contrary to popular belief, the IFBB has never been a sports federation. In the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, it was just a name used for their contests by Ben and Joe Weider. The IFBB did not really exist as a separate entity until December 30, 1969 when it became a privately held Canadian corporation. The various national chapters throughout the world were separate organizations, sometimes official government entities, sometimes privately held corporations, that simply affiliated with Weider’s corporation.

Ben Weider was president for life of the IFBB because he was the majority share owner of the privately held corporation. Prior to his death, it seems that Ben transferred the amateur branch of the corporation to Rafael Santonja in Spain. Guess that now makes Rafael president for life. (Jim Manion seems to be the primary shareholder of the for profit IFBB Pro League. )

But now there seems to be unrest in the amateur IFBB. Some Europeans are objecting to the international IFBB becoming a privately held Spanish corporation. The EBFF, founded in 2002, may not recognize Santonja’s IFBB as ‘the IFBB’.

Then there is Paul Chua, the chairman (perhaps owner) of the ABBF, a corporation based in Singapore. Over the years, many people have accused Chua of corruption, of deciding who wins the Asian Amateur Championships before the first athlete steps on stage. Milos Sarcev was suspended by the Pro IFBB for making such accusations publicly, rather than ‘following protocol’ and taking it to the IFBB privately, which in my opinion would have resulted in the matter to be swept under the rug once again.

Now on March 31, 2009, William Tierney, Assistant General Secretary of Santonja’s IFBB, temporarily suspended Chua from the IFBB for not following drug testing protocols at recent contests. I think that’s a polite way of saying Chua selected the winners despite what drug test results came back. (see note below) Of course, Chua is now fighting back, claiming that Santonja’s IFBB has no authority over him, that various Asian governments recognize him as the official governing agency over bodybuilding throughout Asia, and that’s all that matters.

On top of all this, the 2009 IFBB Men’s World Amateur Championships that were to be held in Dubai, have been canceled, probably due to the economic downturn, which has hit Dubai especially hard. There were talks of moving them to Europe, but if the EBBF is fighting with the IFBB too, that may be unlikely. Sad, considering that this would be the 50th anniversary of this contest. The first IFBB Universe was held in 1959.

Note: I don’t believe for a second that the winners of the Amateur Worlds, Europe or Asian championships are drug free. Everyone is using large amounts of performance enhancing drugs. Then at the end of the contest a handful of the top 5 of each of the classes are randomly selected for drug tests, which they fail. Everyone else moves up in the standings. In my opinion.

Bigger, Stronger, Faster

Monday, June 30th, 2008

OK, I know I should try to post more. The reasons I’m not are the same as mentioned below. Too many other outlets. But I’m open to having others post here. If you want to write articles about current events in bodybuilding, let me know. If you want to write about years past, see my wiki.

There is a documentary currently out that everyone should go see: Bigger, Stronger, Faster. The side effects of being American.

Lots of clips on You Tube too.

Pat Arnold, Balco

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

Pat Arnold, of fame, as well as the person who first brought the andro products to market is in the news, and not in a good way:

Federal agents raid Illinois lab linked to BALCO steroid
Chemist suspected of creating drug called ‘the clear’

In raids led by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation division, search warrants were served on the Champaign, Ill., offices and home of chemist Patrick Arnold, who authorities believe produced the steroid that came to be known as “the clear” in the BALCO case.

Even before BALCO broke, Arnold was suspected by anti-doping officials as the man who resurrected the steroid norbolethone, a drug that was manufactured in the 1960s but never marketed to the public. The substance was discovered in the urine sample of an athlete in 2002. Based on e-mails and documents seized in the BALCO case, authorities believe norbolethone was the first generation of “the clear” distributed by Conte to elite athletes.

Fanny, Chris, and Ted

Sunday, August 7th, 2005

Fannie Barrios has died. No word on the cause, but on the GeneX Forum they say it was not unexpected.

Chris Jalali remains in intensive care in a Las Vegas hospital a week after the USA Championships. The talk on various forums is that diuretics is the cause.

On a happier note, Ted Karnezis has sent me photocopies of contest rank sheet of all the major AAU contests from the 1990s. I’ll be able to fill in many gaps in the database. It just may take a while, as I’ve started a new job.

Shawn Ray resigns as IFBB Athletic Rep

Sunday, January 2nd, 2005

As posted on the getbig forum

January 2nd, 2005

Dear IFBB Pro Men,

First I want to say, “Happy New Year” to each and everyone of you and may all your dreams and goals come true in the coming year!

As you all know, I had to get 98 Signatures (Majority Vote) of the Registered Athletes in 2003 to become the Athlete Representative for 2004 to 2006. That being said, there are 3 Official Meetings per/ yr. where the Issues, Concerns, Problems and Changes can be dealt with. I have personally spoken with those of you who had serious problems and concerns, as they related directly or indirectly with matters of:

Prize Money, Judges, Pay Per View, Promoters Failure to Pay, Contest Entry Deadlines, Score Sheets and other issues that needed the attention of the the federation or issues that needed a response by the federation.

Well, some Athletes responded with feedback for me to place on the table with the federation, while others didn’t respond to any issues or complaints that related to them.

This year, most of you were expecting a response from me following the Mr. Olympia regarding the final “Issues & Concerns” that were to be placed before the other Officials and the federation Vice President. I forwarded the detailed items to Jim Manion, the IFBB Vice President 8 weeks prior to the Olympia Weekend and we were to go over them at the Mr. Olympia Meeting prior to the contest with other Representives and Officials. I received an Email from an IFBB Official Representative that had the “Formal Representative Meeting” starting at 9pm Wendsday evening after the Athletes Meeting.

However, when I showed up for the Men’s Meeting starting at 7:30pm, I was told the Official & Representative Meeting began at 4:30pm and was over. I was also told I should have received and Email stating the “Change of Time” on my computer. Sadly, I never did receive an email and or a phone call stating the change.

I was told I would receive the “Minutes” regarding the meeting, however I have yet to hear or see anything that happend or was addressed regarding the issues you guys wanted me to address?

It is for this reason, I feel the position of “Athlete Representative” for me does not carry equal balance for you the Athletes in regard to the federation and promoters.

Therefore, I removing myself from the position of “Athlete Representative” effective immediatly. I feel I am not able to effectively have the issues that need immediate attention addressed by the federation to aide and assist you in your professional careers.

I wish you all continued success and best wishes!


Shawn Ray

Palumbo sentenced

Saturday, December 18th, 2004

On Friday in San Diego Dave Palumbo was sentenced to 5 months in a federal prison, and another five months of house arrest with limited traveling/working privileges. He could have received a maximum penalty of 5 years in custody and/or $250,000 fine.

In October, he pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiring to unlawfully distribute human growth hormone.

From the October press release:

United States Attorney Carol C. Lamannounced that David Palumbo, bodybuilder and editor-in-chief of Rx Muscle magazine, entered a plea of guilty today in Federal Court in San Diego before United States District Court Judge Thomas J. Whelan to the charge of conspiring to unlawfully distribute human hormone.

In connection with his guilty plea, Palumbo admitted that he obtained counterfeit Serostim from Bill Young in San Diego, which he would then sell to bodybuilders who did not possess a lawful prescription. Palumbo acknowledged in his plea that between July 1, 2002 and August 13, 2002, he received in New York two shipments of 50 boxes each of counterfeit Serostim (a form of human growth hormone) from Young in an Diego. A third shipment of 100 boxes of the counterfeit Serostim sent by Young to the defendant was lost in transit and never delivered.

Palumbo further admitted that he sold 90 boxes of counterfeit Serostim between June 2002 and September 2002 for approximately $63,000 to multiple persons believed by himto be bodybuilders, and who the defendant knew could not provide a valid prescription from a physician that would allow them to receive legitimate Serostim.

Serostim is a prescription drug containing theactive ingredient ?somatropin,? a formof human growth hormone. Serostim is approved by the FDA for use in the United States to treat AIDS wasting.

United States Attorney Carol C. Lam stated, ?With this plea, the last of an organization that counterfeited and distributed this human growth hormone has been brought to justice.?

Daniel Dzwilewski, Special Agent in Charge, San Diego Division of the FBI explained, “This multi-faceted investigation removed a significant criminal element from the community. The illegal distribution of unapproved pharmaceuticals is a felony and those who engage in this type of endeavor will always be held accountable.”

more Roid Madness – Governator Style

Wednesday, December 15th, 2004

Lots of articles in newspapers about steroids. On thing I can’t let go by:

Legislator will try again to pass laws curbing steroid use

Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Terri Carbaugh. [said,] “Governor Schwarzenegger personally stated that he had, in fact, used steroids as a youth. But had he known then what he knows now, he would have steered clear.”

So, the governor considers 43 as being a youth, as that’s how old he was when he did Total Recal and Terminator 2.

And don’t think for a second that if a 16 year old Arnold knew what he knows now, that he would choose not to use steroids, as that would mean that he would choose not to be a bodybuilder, not to be Mr Universer, not to be Mr Olympia.

Don’t know if politicians are all the same, but spokespersons for politicians are.

Milos Sarcev, Dennis James indicted

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

Federal steroid indictments name Temecula bodybuilder, two others

A Temecula bodybuilder with ties to BALCO Laboratories has been indicted with two other men by a federal grand jury in Des Moines, Iowa, in an alleged conspiracy to import illegal steroids from Thailand.

Milos Sarcev of Temecula, Admir Kantarevic of Des Moines, and Dennis James, a U.S. citizen reportedly arrested on drug charges last February in Thailand, are accused of conspiring to import a steroid mixture in 2003.

More at San Jose Mercury News and at WOI-TV

Pro-hormones now controlled substances

Saturday, October 23rd, 2004

On Friday, President Bush took time out from the campaign trail to sign the Steroid Control Act of 2004. This bill makes all pro-hormones and steroid-precursors illegal.

More details here and here

Anabolic steroids became controlled substances by the Anabolic Steroid Control act of 1990. That bill also made it illegal for medical doctors to prescribe anabolic steroids for cosmetic or performance enhancement purposes. But demand today is much higher than prior to 1990. And supply is plentiful on the black market. Prior to 1991 you could go to a medical doctor and get reasonable doses, and be monitored while you take them. Today people are taking much larger doses of what ever they can get on the black market without ever discussing it with a medical doctor.

Another example of how The War On Drugs™ is a failure.

Andro Ban Passes Senate

Thursday, October 7th, 2004

S 2195, the Senate’s version of the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004, was approved by the Senate and has been sent to the House. The House had already passed a similar bill, HR 3866. Now the differences will be worked out in committee.

Among other things, the HR bill provided for increased penalties for anabolic steroid offenses near sports facilities. Have to protect adult athletes the way we protect kids in grade school, you know.

One feature in the Senate bill is kind of strange:

Authorizes the Attorney General, upon the recommendation of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to exempt from regulation any compound, mixture, or preparation that contains any anabolic steroid, that is intended for administration to a human being or an animal, and that does not present any significant potential for abuse because of its concentration, preparation, formulation, or delivery system.

What does this mean? It means you’ll still be able to buy pro-hormones in concentrations and forms, as long as they don’t work. Expect to see lots of ads with “The maximum legal dose allowed by law.”