Bodybuilding goes into the community

HARARE - In an effort to increase participation at professional level, the Harare Bodybuilding arm is set to venture into the local gyms giving technical and moral support to athletes.

Harare Bodybuilding and Fitness Association (Habbfa), the custodians of the Musclemania competition in the capital will this month visit mostly the disadvantage high density areas during the exercise.

The tour will include visiting all the community- owned and backyard gyms with the intention to introduce them to required standards of running a gym as well as conducting competitions.

Habbfa chairperson, Keith Chirimanzi said the move would boost competition standards at provincial level.

“We feel we performed fairly well in holding shows for the big guys but totally neglected the grassroots structures,” Chirimanzi told the Daily News.

“We have allowed the sport to suffer in a way hence we will be going around the local gyms particularly those that have produced athletes who participated in our shows last year and assisting them with administrative and technical expertise.”

Some of the areas targeted for this exercise include Mufakose, GlenView, Warren Park, Dzivarasekwa, Mabvuku, Tafara and Epworth among other areas.

“We are crippled in terms of finances hence we won’t be able to assist with financial backing. We will however, be there to endorse their activities and help them access sponsorship from potential sponsors,” he added.

Last year Warren Park Gym produced Mr Novice champion, 31 year old Nunurai Masosonere.

Mr Novice is a bodybuilding contest entered into only by athletes making their maiden appearance on the sport’s professional circuit.

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