Hungwe, NFZBBF bury hatchet

HARARE - Top bodybuilding athlete Victor Hungwe and the National Federation of Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness (NFZBBF) have finally ironed out their differences.

Hungwe and the national federation had been at loggerheads since December 2013 when the former won the Mr Universe title in Naples, Italy.

The NFZBBF’s bone of contention with the athlete was that he had registered for the world event under the South African flag.

Even the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC), the government’s arm in sports, also registered its displeasure over the matter.

The “Beast” as Hungwe is affectionately known in bodybuilding circles further infuriated the authorities when he organised the inaugural IBFF Zimbabwe Classic to be staged later this year without the consent of NFZBBF.

After a string of meetings, the two parties have resolved amicably their differences and the contest is set to continue as planned on August 22, with the full blessing of the NFZBBF.

“I’m aware of the structure now and also bear in mind that I’m hosting a show that will need their (NFZBBF) assistance so I will be working hand in hand with NFZBBF,” Hungwe told the Daily News yesterday.

NFZBBF spokesperson, Quiet Shangai confirmed the IBFF Africa Show contest has been given the green light and should take place on the day in question subject to the organisers’ discretion.

“IBFF sought authority to operate as an NFZBBF affiliate and the authority was granted by the president through the secretary general,” Shangai said.

“They also requested for permission to host the show on a date of their choice (August 22, 2015) which was also granted. The show is part of the road to IBFF Mr Universe to be held in Slovenia in June.”

Hungwe will be travelling to South Africa next week to compete as the Zimbabwe ambassador in an IFBB contest.

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