Goredema new bodybuilding boss

HARARE - Otis Goredema has been appointed national bodybuilding interim president following an executive board meeting in Harare last week.

The former National Federation of Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness (NFZBBF) secretary-general replaces Shamim Hussein, who resigned early this month to concentrate on family business.

Health and All-Pharmacy owner Mark MucAdams was appointed new secretary- general while the rest of the board remained unchanged.

MucAdams has previously partnered local bodybuilding as a sponsor and master of ceremonies on several occasions.

Following his appointment, Goredema says he will work flat out to revive domestic competitions.

The country’s premier bodybuilding contest, the Mr and Ms Zimbabwe, was last staged in the country five years ago at the Harare International Conference Centre.  The last winner of the contest was Tarirai Chirume.

The Mr and Ms Iron, the second most prestigious event on the calendar, was won by Isaac Chimuchenga in 2008 before taking a three-year break, only to return in 2011 when Vincent Kandiero was crowned champion at Ochi City.

After that, the competition disappeared from the scene again.

 “I just want to unify all bodybuilding stakeholders and bring back the good old days to our sport,” Goredema said.

“There’s need to divert our energy to talent identification, provide more local competitions as well as ensuring growth of the sport locally. Athletes should be driven by passion for the sport more than anything else.”

In addition to the two top local competitions, the traditional Mr Novice contest is set to kick-start the bodybuilding season while provincial associations are expected to hold their respectively regional events.

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