Marondera Classic scraps pre-judging

HARARE - Organisers of the inaugural Marondera Classic bodybuilding contest set for this evening have shelved the pre-judging ceremony.

The local bodybuilding contest taking part for the first time in the Yellow City will see participants getting into serious business right away without going through the taxing but mandatory screening process.

The contest is scheduled to start at 7pm and all athletes who intend to take part must register at Barnies along First Street by 5pm.

The Marondera Classic contest is the brainchild of the National Federation of Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness (ZNBBF).

"It is the first show in Marondera and we are very much excited about that," Farai Verenga, the Marondera Classic host and founding member, told the Daily News yesterday.

"We will have four categories on offer namely; male seniors and juniors as well as the male and female fitness.

"We are grateful for the support we are getting from various sponsors and (are) confident that it will be a contest to remember. Peter Moyo will provide entertainment."

Some of the athletes taking part in the competition include veteran bodybuilder Zumailer Eusen Maman, 2012 All Africa Olympia juniors champion Noah Dzvokora, Donald Maphosa and reigning Mr Zimbabwe junior Reginald Pasara.

Former Mr Novice winners Eddie Marondera (2010), Nunurai Masosonere (2012), Garikai Mujuru (2013) and current champion Blessing Nyapimbi are also set to compete.

Novice junior champion Thomas Rwodzi and first runner-up Terrence Nyoni have also confirmed their participation.

While action will be taking place in Marondera, the country's top bodybuilders will be battling it out in Zambia in yet another maiden show, the Southern Africa Championships in Lusaka.

The Zimbabwean delegation comprising of Mr Zimbabwe, Champion Chienderamwano, Isaac Chimuchenga, Vincent Kandiero, Blessing Samaringa and Tapiwa Chibota arrived in Zambia on Thursday.

The countries participating at this year's championships include Zimbabwe, Tanzania and hosts Zambia.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe's representatives at last weekend's Rossi Classics in South Africa failed to make an impression at the championships.

With the podium numbers limited to only three, no local athlete managed to get a podium finish in their respective categories.

Zimbabwe was represented by Helen Costa (figure fitness), Irvine Dekeya (bodybuilding under 95kgs), Tapiwa Chibota (under 85kgs) and Donald Maphosa (juniors U23 years).

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