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Rather than having the fitness community come to SFBF, the federation instead is taking the sport to the young and the masses with a combination of established categories such as…
SFBF hopes to lift local bodybuilding from the doldrums with its relaunch

Rather than having the fitness community come to SFBF, the federation instead is taking the sport to the young and the masses with a combination of established categories such as Open bodybuilding, and the emergingly popular physique class contest.

Come 13th May, Singapore National Bodybuilding Championship will identify and crown Singapore’s best men and women, as they compete in the ultimate bodybuilding and fitness competition.

The Singapore Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness (SFBF) is relaunching the National bodybuilding competition after a long 15-year break.

Headed by Alex Betts and his young team of volunteers, SFBF promises to bring high quality and a fairly judged IFBB sanctioned competition, which will provide a platform and a stepping stone for local athletes to become future hopeful bodybuilding and fitness superstars beyond our shores.

IFBB Elite Pro cards will be awarded to the overall Champions for each category of Men’s Bodybuilding, Classic Bodybuilding, Men’s Physique, Women’s Bikini Fitness, Women’s Body Fitness and Women’s Physique.

Mr. James Tan and Mr. Abdul Ghani provided a sneak peek of what to expect for the Nationals

“The National is a show where the SFBF will unveil its mission to support the local athletes and grow the sport the right way and to eventually put Singapore back on the International Bodybuilding scene once again”, said Excell Chua, the Secretary-General of SFBF.

Aside from organizing a National Championship, SFBF has reached out and actively having a dialogue with Sport Singapore (SportSG) to get the Federation formally recognized and back on the local roster as a National Sports Association (NSA). To achieve this, SFBF has an uphill task of cleaning up its tarnished image, marred by previous scandals and infighting.

Alex Betts, SFBF President in the centre of the photo said, “We aim to run the best bodybuilding and fitness event in Singapore by providing the most smooth and enjoyable experience for our athletes and also making the events more entertaining for our guests”.

SFBF has to show and convince the stakeholder its continued innovation and the willingness to evolve to reflect the trend of urbanization of bodybuilding.

In fact, the young team at SFBF has shown positive headways as they successfully secured an Asian Federation board member seating at the recent IFBB Congress in Mongolia, held in conjunction with the 52nd Asian Championships, which will enable Singapore more impact regionally and globally.

“We aim to bring back the glory days in the sport of Bodybuilding and Fitness for Singapore”, said Alex Betts, who with no formal Exco experience and an athlete himself, took over the SFBF reign in late 2014.

The message by Singapore Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness is clear, which is to create a sports legacy and movement, that is synonymous with fitness and bodybuilding, and that as a start is encouraging enough.

Around 80 participants are expected to battle it out next Sunday at the School of the Arts (SOTA). Tickets are still available at http://events.sfbf.org.sg/

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