Sponsors galore for Musclemania

HARARE - Following its double postponement, the Musclemania Zimbabwe contest is on this Saturday at the Hapizen Plaza in Hatfield with many sponsors lining up to support the annual bodybuilding contest.

The contest was originally pencilled for August 9 before it was postponed to October 4 following a request by the show sponsors to finalise their price packages for the athletes.

The show was however, postponed yet again to this weekend as the organisers claimed the move was necessitated by the need to give the bodybuilders a less dieting period between the event and the Mr Zimbabwe contest.

The country’s premier bodybuilding contest, the Mr Zimbabwe is set to be held at the Harare International School in Mt Pleasant on October 18.

Tofara Moyo, Musclemania Zimbabwe coordinator confirmed that they would be no further postponements to the contest.

“The contest will be held this Saturday at the Hapizen Plaza in Hatfield bringing to an end the long waiting,” Moyo told the Daily News.

“We are grateful towards the continued support we are getting from our sponsors in view of the difficult economic environment we are all operating under.

“Astro Mobile, Savanna, Pinnacle Holdings, Croco Motors, Defu Travel Tours, Hapizen Plaza and Scorpion Gym have all joined forces to ensure that Musclemania retains its glamour and maintains its tag as the country’s most lucrative bodybuilding show.”

Meanwhile, reigning Musclemania champions, Hellen Costa and Champion Chienderamwano will be expected to shrug off the disappointment brought by the postponements and enter the contest in defence of their respective male and female overall titles.

The Botswana-based Chienderamwano has made a u-turn and is set to enter the contest in defence of his title.

After the first postponement, Chienderamwano was frustrated and had hinted that he would not take part in the contest.

“Sadly it was a massive disappointment but I’m happy that the organisers have apologised,” Chienderamwano said.

“This is my chosen career and I felt it worthwhile to defend my title. I believe Musclemania will not be as easy as people may think.

“The level of local bodybuilding has grown to greater heights and if what I witnessed at the Southern Africa Championships in Zambia is anything to go by then we have a real battle on Saturday.

“The bodybuilders are really good but they can be beaten because it’s not all about big frames but it’s all about who presents the most conditioned body.”

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