'Adams still our champ'

HARARE - Zimbabwe's bodybuilding federation says South African Shameen Adams will keep his unofficial African title won in Harare last month despite being banned for life by the South African International Federation of Bodybuilding (IFBB) for using banned performance-enhancing drugs.
The former Mr Universe won the Harare title on November 17, but National Federation of Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness (NFZBBF) president Shameem Hussein said the association was not aware of
Adams’ ban at the time of the event.

Hussein added that his association was not affiliated to any mother body, making the Harare event free for all.  

“The show had nothing to do with any federation but open to any athlete willing to participate as long as they were from the African region,” Hussein told the Daily News yesterday.

“I wasn’t aware of the ban prior to the contest but like I said we don’t belong to any federation, we set the rules and the show was free for anyone to enter.”

Meanwhile, Hussein told this paper yesterday that he was considering quitting the sport due to what he labelled “politicking” in the running of bodybuilding in the country.

“I have been doing a lot for Zimbabwean bodybuilding but am beginning to lose interest because of the politics going on in the sport,” he said.

“We are trying to enrich the athletes by holding such initiatives but at the end of the day you tend to find out that it is not worth the effort when people choose to dwell on the minor instead of concentrating on bigger issues for the development of sport.”

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