Mwila to grace Musclemania

HARARE - Zambian top bodybuilder, Sylvester Mwila is set to grace the Zimbabwe Musclemania contest set for Ochi City next month.

The four-time Mr Zambia, who could easily be boasting of five titles in succession before being stripped of last year’s championship, said he was ready to make a mark in Zimbabwe come August 9.

Botswana-based Zimbabwean bodybuilder, Champion Chienderamwano is the current holder of Musclemania after dethroning Victor Hungwe at last year’s contest.

“This will be my second contest in Zimbabwe having participated at the All Africa Olympia in 2012 and must say I’m equally aware of the competition that awaits me in August,” Mwila told the Daily News.

“Zimbabwe is endowed with talented bodybuilders, chief among them, Champion (Chienderamwano), Victor (Hungwe), Viny (Vincent Kandiero) and Sugar (Isaac Chimuchenga) which means that it won’t be an easy contest but I’m determined to soar above them all.”

Mwila came second in the heavyweight category during the Pro Fitness Gym organised All Africa Olympia behind category winner, Vusimzi Njisane of South Africa in November 2012.

The Lusaka hulk openly lambasted the Zambia Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (ZBBFF) for rewarding him with a measly K1,500 after returning the Mr Zambia for a fifth time in succession.

The ZBBFF in return slapped Mwila with a two-year suspension which was later lifted on condition of good behaviour but the federation did not restore the athlete’s title.

“I was merely expressing my concern as a bodybuilder that after going through a lot both financial and emotional we ought to be given prizes that are commensurate with the input that we invest,” added Mwila.

“That is water under the bridge now but I know I will put my hands on the title once more in December.”

Danny Mkandawire, Zambia federation president confirmed his athlete would be part of the Zimbabwe Musclemania cast.

“At the end of the day we can to agree that sport is bigger than conflict and if we concentrate on the later, sport will suffer and we won’t achieve anything as a board,” he said.

“His complaint was very genuine and as the mother body that’s our cry. It hurts us to give out little prizes to our competitors because they are putting their best.

“The complaint Mwila put up was genuine but it was the way he brought it out.”

Meanwhile, Tofara Moyo, Zimbabwe Musclemania coordinator expressed satisfaction towards the interests the contest has generated within the region.

“The contest has always been an open championship with athletes mainly from Botswana participating and with some of Africa’s great bodybuilders confirming their interests this early, then 2014 is surely going to be a contest to remember,” Moyo told the Daily News.

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