The International Functional Fitness Federation (iF3) has officially recognized the Lebanese Functional Fitness Federation.
Functional fitness involves exercise that trains the body and muscles for daily tasks and activities using movements that mimic these activities.
The Batroun-based, non-profit Lebanese Functional Fitness Federation is the official commission that promotes functional training in Lebanon, where the sport has been gaining traction, according to the Federation’s president Jack Rustum.
The Federation is qualified to send athletes to represent Lebanon in international meetings and tournaments.
This year, iF3 will hold an international functional fitness championship in Australia, from 12 to 14 November.
“Functional fitness is a safe and useful sport, and it can be practiced easily for many Lebanese,” Rustum was quoted by the National News Agency as saying on Tuesday, marking the Lebanese federation’s iF3 recognition.
“We will build a strong and sustainable athletic body with great potential for growth, aiming to highlight our athletes,” he said.
On her part, iF3 President Gretchen Kittelberger expressed excitement to welcome a new federation in the Middle East.
“The sport is growing rapidly in the region, and we look forward to the Lebanese federation’s ability to promote this growth even more,” she said.