The Beast pulls out of Mr Zim

HARARE – Victor “The Beast” Hungwe has withdrawn from the Mr Zimbabwe contest set for November to pursue a career at the international stage.

The country’s premier bodybuilding contest, Mr and Ms Zimbabwe, returns on November 2 after a five-year absence. The contest was last staged in 2008 and won by Tarirai Chirume.

Hungwe, who was the previous holder of Mr Musclemania, lost his throne to Botswana- based Zimbabwe bodybuilder Champion “Mbewe” Chienderamwano recently.

The former champion settled for second best while reigning Mr Iron Man, Vincent “Vince Cutter” Kandiero, finished in third place. He said his decision to take a break from local bodybuilding is motivated by the objective to “get a pro-card.”

“I’m still an active athlete in Zimbabwe bodybuilding and find it unprofessional to comment on judges’ decision,” Hungwe told the Daily News in reference to the ended Musclemania contest.

“However, I’m taking a break from local shows and will be competing in South African Nationals at the end of September. If I do well will qualify for the WPF in Europe. I won’t be taking part in Mr Zimbabwe; I need to get a pro-card hence the reason why I’m concentrating on international shows.”

The Body Active Gym athlete has to win his U90kg division in order to qualify for the WPF contest set for November; the same month Mr Zimbabwe makes a comeback.

Hungwe, however, took to his Facebook page to acknowledge some of the local bodybuilders who have moulded him into the athlete he is today as well as his thoughts on the Ochi City contest.

“Huge disappointment yes (Musclemania 2013), but a learning curve in my career. I respect judges’ decision and the best man of the night won. Jus lyk my boy 'Tupac' syd-'life goes on' I’m so motivated,” he said.

“Competition is healthy and pushes us to another level. Being candid, guys like Vincent Kandiero, Isaac Sugar, Tari Baptista have made me a better bodybuilder. I look forward to our healthy rivalry in future shows.”

National Federation of Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness (NFZBBF) president, Otis Goredema, threw his weight behind Hungwe.

“That’s exactly why we are here as NFZBBF, to be a launch pad for our athletes to reach greater heights. We would want to take every opportunity that comes our way to push our athletes from local fame to international stardom. We are rooting for Victor all the way,”Goredema told the Daily News.

The local bodybuilding boss is credited for facilitating a deal for bodybuilding great Tapiwa Touboy that saw him working with IFBB officials in the United States. Touboy did well and worked closely with athletes such as Shawn Ray and he came first at World Championships in Italy in his category.

More recently in 2011, Merna Moore, trained by Goredema, won a local contest and then went on to finish third at the World Championships in Austria.

“So if our athletes are going professional this is a good indication that our sport is headed the right way and we expect more good things to come in the next few years,” added Goredema.

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