Zim musclemen vie for Musclemania

HARARE - The cream of Zimbabwean bodybuilding is billed to clash in the inaugural Musclemania Zimbabwe (MMZ) contest set for Ochi City tomorrow evening.

Top local performers from last year’s competitions, Victor Hungwe and Vincent Kandiero, will be part of an impressive line-up that also include dethroned Iron Man and Pro Fitness previous holder Isaac “Sugar” Chimuchenga, Partison Chatedzuka, Eddie Marondera and veteran bodybuilder Zumailer Eusen Maman.

Leading the pack will be Hungwe himself, who is the current Mr Pro Fitness defending champion, the country’s biggest title in the absence of the Mr Zimbabwe contest.

The hulk from Body Active gym, Hungwe, also boost of having conquered the region after claiming the South African Shameem Classic in Cape Town in March.

He finished fourth in his maiden appearance at the same competition last year.

But breathing closely down his neck will be the current Mr Iron Man, Kandiero.

The Pro Fitness athlete Kandiero will be fancying his luck at the Ochi City auditorium, where he claimed his current bragging rights last year.

Gweru-based Chimuchenga will also be making an emotional return to Ochi City, where he surrendered his Iron Man tittle to Kandiero.

Also making a return at this event is Marondera, who initially indicated he would quit bodybuilding after coming fourth in last year’s Iron Man.

The contest will also see Botswana sending in six athletes including Champion Mbewe, who took the bronze medal at the Mr Iron Man contest.

Zambia has confirmed 10 representatives while three bodybuilders from South Africa will also take part.

MMZ media relations officer Tofara Moyo said that the stage is set for the contest.

“We have received overwhelming response from the country’s 10 provinces as well as our regional counterparts and we should have close to 100 contestants coming through the prejudge ceremony,” Moyo told the Daily News yesterday.

The prejudge ceremony is set for Scorpion Gym at Queensdale Sports Club from 8 o’clock in the morning to noon while the main event will run from 6pm to 11pm.

The maiden winner of the MMZ contest is set to walk away with a Honda Fit vehicle donated by businessperson and musician Energy Mutodi.

The runners up will receive prices that vary from lounge suits from TN Harlequin.

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