GUWAHATI, May 6 � The Indian Bodybuilding Federation (IBBF) will hold a crucial meeting tomorrow to short out the disputes among different bodybuilding associations of the States.
The meeting will be held prior to the pre-judging session of the bodybuilders who will participate in the 50th Senior National Bodybuilding Championship, for the prestigious Mr India title to be held at the SAI Indoor Stadium here.
IBBF life president Madhav Pujari and secretary general Suresh Kadam arrived here today for the coveted tournament, while president Baba Modhak is scheduled to arrive tomorrow.
While interacting with mediapersons, Kadam said a meeting among the IBBF and the officials of different State associations will be held at 4 pm to complete the merger of the bodies. Kadam said in last March, in a meeting held at Amaravati, merger of different bodybuilding federations took place and all the bodies came under one umbrella billed as IBBF.
The IBBF also instructed all the State bodies to set up one body and work unitedly for the betterment of bodybuilding.
When it was brought to the notice of the IBBF officials that noted bodybuilders like Harakanta Borgohain, Bijit Gogoi, Mahadab Deka, were not invited by the Assam Bodybuilders and Fitness Association (ABFA) while constituting the organising committee for the national championship, Kadam said ABFA officials were instructed to include all the leading bodybuilders of the State in the organising committee.
It is learnt the like Assam, several other States are also sending two teams for the meet which may lead to a chaotic situation. But Pujari revealed not a single bodybuilder will be deprived from participating in the championship.
Kadam, further stated that any faction which disagree to abide by the IBBF decision on merger will be disqualified.
Pujari, who is a Chatrapati Shivaji Award winner in Maharashtra, opined that the timing of this national championship is not suitable for the participants. Due to soaring mercury levels in the country, the players find it physically difficult to prepare for such a high level meet.