“The various factions in body building were of no help to the athletes. So we decided to forget our past mistakes and unite for a larger cause,” Pathare said.

Sangram Chougule
Sangram Chougule who won the Mr World title in Bangkok on Dec 8

This will ensure body builders across the country, who perform well at national and international meets, can now expect a lot of benefits from the government, including grants and jobs.

The associations that have merged with the parent body are 30 state bodies besides Indian Railways, Indian Revenue Sports Promotion Board, ONGC, CRPF, CISF and All-India Ordnance Sports Board. Pradeep Madhok will be the president of IBBF.