Large entries for Mr Zimbabwe

HARARE - Saturday's Mr and Miss Zimbabwe bodybuilding contest has received massive backing with a record number of athletes registering for the event set for the Harare International School in Mt Pleasant.

The country’s premier bodybuilding show comes exactly seven days after the largely under-subscribed Musclemania Zimbabwe contest held in Hatfield.

Champion “Mbewe” Chienderamwano, reigning Mr Zimbabwe successfully defending his Musclemania title last weekend and will be one of the front runners at this Saturday’s event.

National Federation of Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and fitness (NFZBBF) spokesperson, Quiet Shangai said the battle of Mr Zimbabwe promises to be intense.

“The contest parade athletes from all over Zimbabwe but the Midlands province looks set to dominate the senior bodybuilding as usual,” Shangai told the Daily News.

“Their arsenal will include defending champion, Chienderamwano, Isaac Chimuchenga, Upenyu Mahlaulo, Paul Goredema and Terrence Nyoni among other bodybuilders.

“Harare will also seek to redeem lost pride after playing second fiddle to Midlands in almost every competition this year and Vincent Kandiyero will have the onus thrust upon his shoulders to try and wrestle the crown.”

The team from the capital will also comprise of talented bodybuilder George Munyoro, Blessing and Eliah Samaringa, Isaac Dhliwayo, Simbarashe Mhaka and juniors Thomas Rwodzi, Paul Matimba and Jacob Masanhire.

Hellen Costa will be expected to lead the women contingency that also boasts of Wendy Hansen, Precious Mujuru and Barbara Janga.

“Not to be taken lightly is Manicaland province where John and Brighton Mazikana as well as Blessing Nyapimbi will be out to leave a mark on Saturday,” said Shangai.

“Dalvin Page, Mike Alimu, Lovemore Manyamana, Diana Machakaire will be among the athletes representing Bulawayo but most importantly we will have some of the former greats gracing the occasion.

“These include the legendary Innocent Choga, Vaughn Carl, Vince Lambournie, Tobias Madzima, Givemore Marume, Walter Munyikwa, Tarirai Chirume, Charity Juma and Lulu Moura.”

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