Disappointment over Musclemania postponement

HARARE - Local bodybuilding athletes have expressed disappointment over the postponement of Musclemania Zimbabwe contest with only two weeks left before the scheduled date.

The show was scheduled for August 9 but the organisers of Musclemania say the contest was moved forward after a request from the sponsors of the country’s premier private bodybuilding.

Musclemania Zimbabwe has been consistent in awarding a vehicle as the top prize while residential stands, household goods and electrical gadgets also constituted the contest’s prizing regime.

Tofara Moyo, the Musclemania Zimbabwe coordinator, confirmed the postponement but remained hopeful that a new date would be set soon.

“We had wanted to have the show on August 9 but our sponsors have requested that the contest be moved forward a bit in order for them to accommodate us in their budgets,” Moyo told the Daily News.

“The organisers are also working on changing the venue from Ochi City to a new joint in Hatfield and given the amount of work taking place at this site it was always going to be very difficult to stage the show in two weeks’ time.”

The National Federation of Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness (NFZBBF), the custodians of local bodybuilding, admitted the harsh economic climate and encouraged athletes to remain focussed with their training.

Quiet Shangai, the NFZBBF spokesperson, said: “The economic environment is really hard and it’s normal for sponsors to push dates that makes business sense. However, we encourage all the athletes not to lose heart and come in numbers to this prestigious show.”

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