Zim trio for Boksburg Classics

HARARE - champion Chienderamwano, the reigning Mr Zimbabwe, is set to lead a team of three local bodybuilders to participate at the Boksburg Classics South Africa contest set for August 2.

The Botswana-based Chienderamwano, who is also the Musclemania Zimbabwe title holder, opted to take part in the South African contest following the postponement of the Musclemania initially pencilled for August 9.

In South Africa, he will be accompanied by compatriots Noah Dzvokora, who placed third at last month’s Mr and Ms Ironman, and Upenyu Mahlaulo, another Botswana-based Zimbabwean bodybuilder.

Dzvokora was able to get his clearance from the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) while his compatriots are expected to acquire their papers before leaving for South Africa.

The National Federation of Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness (NFZBBF) have made it as punishable offence for any athlete to participate in competitions outside the country without SRC’s clearance.

NFZBBF spokesperson Quite Shangai confirmed the three would be participating in the Boksburg contest on Saturday.

“It is mandatory for one to get clearance from the SRC when intending to compete outside our border,” Shangai told the Daily News.

“It is an offence to sneak out and compete elsewhere without getting the necessary paper work and as such anyone caught on the wrong side of the law would not be allowed to compete at Mr and Ms Zimbabwe later in the year which is but part of other punitive measures that the board has endorsed.”

The Boksburg Classics is a launch pad into the South Africa Nationals that gives athletes a chance to qualify for the prestigious Arnold Classics contest to be held next year.

“If our athletes make it into the top six they proceed to the SA Nationals and placing third or better will guarantee them a place to the Arnold Classics Amateur (ACA) 2015. If one goes to win the ACA they will get the pro-card, which means that one has turned professional in the IFBB League,” said Shangai.

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