Dr. Rafael Santonja with Joe and Ben Weider
Dr. Rafael Santonja (Spain) is appointed Executive Assistant to the President.
Three categories are approved for women's bodybuilding: Lightweight, Middleweight and Heavyweight.
The documentary film "Pumping Iron II: The Women" is released.
Bodybuilding is recognized by the Olympic Council of Asia
The IFBB Gold Order is created; its first recipients are Juan Antonio Samaranch, IOC President, and Dr. Rafael Santonja, IFBB Executive Assistant to the President.
Dr. Rafael Santonja, Pamela Kagan and Ben Weider with IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch outside IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Ben Weider, CM, CQ, CStJ, PhD, and Dr. Rafael Santonja
Afterwards, the Congress unanimously elects Dr. Rafael Santonja of Madrid, Spain, as the new IFBB President.
Since 1985, Rafael has served with distinction as Ben's Executive Assistant.
worked closely with Ben over the past 21 years, traveling the world on behalf of the IFBB
, solving difficult problems with skill and diplomacy, and working diligently to raise the image of the IFBB
in the sporting world, most particularly among IOC officials.