IFFBB Posts Against the Use of IFBB’s Name with Sheru Classic Citing a Letter to Kiren Rijiju – The Union Minister of YA and Sports

IFBB is no more associated with Sheru Classic. Sheru Classic is now a private event because NPC is a private organization under which it functions. NPC has no connections with IFBB pertaining to NPC’s violation of the WADA code. Read to know about WADA code and IFFBB’s post.

New Delhi: The International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Executive Director Manuel J. Martin wrote a letter to Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju informing the latter regarding serious violations of the World Anti-Doping Code (WADA) code in India. In the letter Martin wrote that an American private company is intending to do business in India with rules that are against anti-doping.

“The International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness (IFBB) would like to bring to your attention the fact that an American private company, without any sport recognition, is intending to do business in your country through the organization, promotion and sponsorship in the area of bodybuilding and fitness which being out of the rules against anti-doping in sport and representing therefore a serious threat to public health.” Martin said in the letter.

The letter further stated that the company is intending to organize a bodybuilding  event which is totally against World Anti-Doping Code (WADA) in Chandigarh on March 1, 2020.

“The event is scheduled to be held in Chandigarh (Tagore Theatre) under the name ‘Sheru Classic’ on March 1, 2020 and its promoter is an Indian citizen named Sheru Angrish. It is important to recognize that this is not a tourism and traveling promotion event but a sporting event with the sole aim of its organizers to make profits.” The letter further read.

Martin said that the company is linked to an organization headed by Jim Manion, an American citizen who was subjected to investigation by the IFBB and was found guilty of allowing athletes suspended for anti-doping rule violations to compete at his events. Manion was and is still suspended from January 2018 to 2025 in the list of Prohibited Association by the WADA. The sanction on Manion does not allow him to be related to any sports organization or event during the period of ineligibility, according to the rules of WADA code.

Bodybuilding is a very popular sport in India and many private organizations organize championships in India year round. There is hardly any regulation which checks on the WADA guidelines in India, particularly in this sport but when it comes to a ban and already declared disassociation of IFBB’s name with any private organization in India it becomes essential to declare it as a private organization. It is against legal guidelines and authenticity to use IFBB’s name in private organizations like Sheru Classic to attract sponsorships and athletes. Apart from the letter which was sent to Honorable Minister a month back, above is the message which IFFBB official’s recent Instagram post wished to give to the Indian bodybuilding community as well as the government.

The most recent post of IBBFF official Instagram page states:

For our Athletes to understand the Value & Truth and to be aware before getting legal consequences.

The competition organised by NPC PRO LEAGUE in Chandigarh on 1st March is a
🛑“SERIOUS VIOLATION OF WADA CODE” What is WADA?
The World Anti-Doping Agency is a foundation initiated by the International Olympic Committee based in Canada to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight against drugs in sports.
🔴WADA has the right to Ban any sports & Athlete in the world, who may do anything against the WADA Rules🔴
The NPC PRO LEAGUE is just a private organisation of USA, the 
@ifbb_official has suspended npc& its president and who has the rights of “Mr Olympia” private brand Mr Jim Manion, also Mr Manion is suspended by WADA (check on WADA website) and they are using “Mr Olympia” name for there own private profit, because every athlete should know “BODYBUILDING IS NOT A OLYMPIC GAME” yet and “Mr Olympia , Amateur Olympia ” had worth before because of @ifbb_official but now as said before ifbb_official has suspended npc. So now npc is organising “Mr Olympia , Amateur Olympia , Sheru Classic” but the certificates has zero value in government record, because government see the recognition & affiliation for that certificate, which only @ifbb_official has and no other organisation in world has it.
So this every athlete should understand.

Athletes participating in such banned organisations have no worth for their awards/certificates, only you can do is frame it in your house & just for self-marketing.
After understanding that “npc amateur olympia, Sheru Classic” is just a private organisation, still you wish to participate then you can destroy your own future because it’s against the WADA CODE.

Note: Those who wish to comment against the information given above, kindly talk with documents.

The above post has the Indian bodybuilding community confused and in the state of disbelief as it is the question of their most trusted and most loved event for which athletes prepare religiously year after year.

News Source: ANI

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