Zim bodybuilders cry foul

HARARE - The much anticipated Southern Africa bodybuilding meet took off to a false start in Zambia last weekend with local bodybuilders describing the contest as a sham.

Zambian hulk, Sylvester Mwila walked away with the top prize of $3 000 after winning the overall Southern Africa Bodybuilding Championships.

Mwila walked away with the title after during the main show after upstaging Mr Zimbabwe, Champion Chienderamwano in the open men category.

Vincent Kandiyero, former Mr Ironman won the under 90kgs category when he relegated Isaac Chimuchenga, the reigning Ironman, to second place in a tightly contested show in Lusaka.

Kandiyero has managed to beat Chimuchenga twice in regional contests inside a month.

The first time Kandiyero triumphed over his Ironman successor was at the Gaborone Classics held in Botswana before he completed a double in Zambia last weekend.

In the under 80kgs category, it was Blessing Samaringa, another local bodybuilder who claimed the first prize.

Chienderamwano expressed his disappointment claiming the show was rigged in the hosts’ favour.

“In my view number two wasn’t mine. I feel I deserved first place and would have easily gone all the way to win the overall title,” Chienderamwano told the Daily News.

“We all desire to have impartial judges but in cases like these one would wish sometimes we got more judges from your home side.

“In short, Mwila didn’t deserve to be Mr Southern Africa Championships and I wish he would be here for the Musclemania or at the Olympia Armature in South Africa and we will see who the real champion is.”

Chimuchenga was all not impressed with the judges’ verdict.

“It’s painful,” said Chimuchenga. “There’s too much bribing, competitions of this magnitude requires only international judges to officiate and not those from the host country alone.”

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