Women's participation in bodybuilding on the line

HARARE - The postponement of the Musclemania Zimbabwe contest has left the National Federation of Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness Association (NFZBBF) battling to encourage women participation in the sport.

Musclemania Zimbabwe is a privately run bodybuilding that has been consistent with offering lucrative prizes since its inception in 2011 and was scheduled for August 9 before it was struck of the roster.

The sponsors asked NFZBBF for the cancelation of the contest until further notice as they were still running around to secure funding for the event.

Musclemania Zimbabwe is one of the few local contests that is popular with women bodybuilders as they contested in various categories that include bodybuilding for wheelchair athletes, bodybuilding for the able bodied, fitness figure and bikini.

The other contests suffer from apathy from women bodybuilders, who fail to turn up to exhibit their figures.

With the competition of the radar, it points to a bleak future for the women in the sport.

Ms Musclemania and overall winner of the Ms Zimbabwe ladies figure, Helen Costa took to social media to express her displeasure at the situation.

“I am going to get my hair done and just pamper myself, was waiting to do that all in two weeks for my competition but what a disappointment in postponement of the show, am seriously cross,” Costa wrote on her Facebook page.

The male counterparts also voiced their displeasure. Matt Humphreys, 2013 Mr Zimbabwe light heavyweight champion questioned why the situation was only peculiar in Zimbabwean sport.

“How does this happen only in Zim my concern is no respect towards athletes so close to a show to start moving things around never ever proper organization,” said Humphreys.

Meanwhile, NFZBBF spokesperson, Quiet Shangai said they are set to meet as a board to map the way forward with regards to competitions and the participation of the girl child.

“We have been found wanting for quite some time now as far as uplifting of the girl child is concerned,” said Shangai.

“It is our duty as NFZBBF to create strategies that encourage the participation of many players in a gender sensitive scale and in as much as we had wanted to capitalise on Musclemania Zimbabwe, the ground really should be laid from somewhere and not just wait for competitions of this magnitude.”

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