Minister for Sport Catherine Martin
The sport of Bodybuilding and Fitness has increased tremendously in Ireland over the last twenty years or more creating the awareness to the health benefits achieved by physical training. This trend has created the need for gyms and health studios thereby further creating business, careers and employment, this is in no small part played in this by the sport of bodybuilding. Bodybuilding is now an international sport in which many Irish men and women take part and achieving European and World champion status. Due to the covid pandemic all of the international competitors unlike some of the major sports in Ireland were denied the use of gyms to enable them to train and thereby qualify for these international events at the National Championships. I have spoken to many gym owners who maintained the high standards of hygiene and safety regulations required ie. limiting the number of people allowed to train at any one time and the cleaning of equipment after each use. I fail to see the reasoning in these other major sports in Ireland that receive massive grants from the government be allowed to train in their gyms while competitors in Bodybuilding and Fitness train ,compete and represent their country at mostly their own expense. I therefore ask you now to allow our elite athletes be allowed to train in controlled gyms to represent their country for the forthcoming European Championships in Spain in May. The Republic of Ireland Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation is affiliated to:-
The IFBB affiliates National Federations from 199 countries and is a member of the Sport Accord (former General Association of International Sports Federations – GAISF) and the International World Games Association (IWGA); it is recognized by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and over 90 National Olympic Committees (NOCs); as well as being a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency, that has recognized the IFBB as the only authority in bodybuilding, whose anti-doping program is in full compliance with the WADA Code.