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The International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB) is a bodybuilding organization founded in 1946 by brothers Ben and Joe Weider. The IFBB is responsible for the Mr. Olympia, World Amateur Bodybuilding Championships, and Ms. International competitions. The IFBB also held the Masters Olympia from 1994 - 2003.

In November 2004, the IFBB congress voted to change the long name of the organization to the International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness. The logo and "IFBB" acronym remain unchanged.

History

Until the 1940s the bodybuilding scene was controlled by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). The Weiders decided to form the IFBB after concerns that the AAU was more interested in promoting the Olympic sport of weightlifting than bodybuilding. The IFBB was set up to give "physique athletes" (bodybuilders) center stage. The first IFBB contest was held in 1949 - the IFBB Mr. America.

This angered the AAU, which had held their own AAU Mr. America contest since 1939 and a bitter feud ensued, which resulted in the AAU banning anyone from entering their contests if they had previously competed for the IFBB.

Olympics

From the 1980s to his death in 2008, IFBB president Ben Weider petitioned the International Olympic Committeemarker (IOC) for inclusion of bodybuilding in the Olympic Games. On January 30, 1998, the IFBB was made a provisional member, and the membership was subsequently made permanent on 1 August 2000. The IFBB unsuccessfully petitioned the Olympic organising committee to demonstrate the sport at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athensmarker, Greecemarker.

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