Ironman moved to August

HARARE - Zimbabwe’s second biggest national bodybuilding contest, Mr and Ms Ironman has been moved to August 29 due to logistical challenges.

Traditionally, Ironman which comes second to Mr and Ms Zimbabwe in terms of profile is held in May.

The contest is likely to be staged in Kadoma for the third time running.

Gweru-based bodybuilder, Isaac “Sugar” Chimuchenga is the current defending champion after dethroning Vincent Kandiero at last year’s contest held at the Odyssey Centre.

Christina Matange won the Ms Ironman by virtue of being the only athlete on stage. The National Federation of Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness (NFZBBF) said the move was necessitated by the need to accommodate provincial shows.

Quiet Shangai, NFZBBF spokesperson, confirmed the developments but added that Mr Zimbabwe will go ahead in October as planned.

“Usually Ironman is held in May but due to some logistical challenges in which this time it was going to clash with the hosting of provincial shows, the executive council decided to move the contest from the usual May dates to August but the Zimbabwe show will still take place in October,” Shangai told the Daily News.

“This year we were concentrating on setting up provincial structures and our target was to have at least four structures in place before March 31.

“We managed to endorse Mashonaland East, create and endorsed Midlands, Kadoma as well as Chinhoyi. In view of this exercise, it wasn’t logistically and financially possible to have the Novice competition on March 28 and do all the provincial and regional shows and Ironman by May 31.”

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