2009 was a very proud and special year for all bodybuilding participants because the World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation's inaugural WBPF World Men's Bodybuilding Championships was held in Dubai, UAE from 3 - 8 November 2009. I was personally delighted, together with my colleagues of the WBPF to welcome all participants, to this; democratic, transparent and responsible federation. I was proud to welcome all bodybuilding and physique sports, brothers and sisters from across the world, including delegates and supporting guests to our country; and wished everyone, an enjoyable, memorable and comfortable sojourn in Dubai, UAE.
Philip Hope of New Zealand is a Founding Member (and one of four Founding Directors) of the World Bodybuilding & Physique Sports Federation. Philip resigned from his position of IFBB Vice President in 2009 to stand with leaders from other continents to establish the WBPF in accordance with Olympism (IOC) values and to govern our sport with transparency and integrity. Philip is Honorary Life President of the South Pacific Bodybuilding Federation (SPBBF) and he was instrumental in the Pacific Games Council (PGC) rescinding its recognition of the IFBB in favour of the WBPF (in conjunction with the SPBBF) at the PGC General Assembly in October 2012. Whilst, Philip stepped down from his position as WBPF Vice-President of Oceania at the end of 2017, due to business and family commitments, he remains loyal to the WBPF and continues to support our federation.