Hungwe wins in SA

HARARE - Victor Hungwe’s gamble of travelling to South Africa at the height of xenophobic attacks paid off after he won the IFBB South Africa contest in Midrand over the weekend.

The Zimbabwe bodybuilder won his middle class category before going on to claim the overall prize for the contest to earn a IFBB pro-card.

With the pro-card, Hungwe is no longer considered an amateur and will now be able to participate in all international tournaments without going through the qualifiers.

Hungwe’s family and friends had advised the bodybuilder not to travel to Johannesburg fearing he could become a victim of the blood-letting violence.

At least seven people died in those attacks against foreigners while thousands were displaced.

Hungwe was, however, pleased with the reception he got in South Africa despite the xenophobic attacks.

“I had amazing support from the guys there (South Africa) and actually felt at home,” Hungwe told the Daily News after arriving home yesterday morning.

“We were basically about 30 male athletes who participated in bodybuilding division. South Africa is my second home which has given me the platform and exposure to compete internationally.

“I went into this show as an ambassador for Zimbabwe and to win the overall and get a pro-card was a bonus.

“As athletes it’s our dream to compete at the highest level and I’m on that path now. I dedicate this victory to all those Zimbabweans and fellow African brothers who were affected by these unfortunate acts of xenophobia.”

Meanwhile, the National Federation of Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness (NFZBBF) said it was delighted with Hungwe’s heroics across the Limpopo.

“We are delighted. It’s good for Zimbabwe bodybuilding because the more our athletes perform at stages beyond our borders the wider the chances of players in the fitness industry to come in and invest in the country,” said Quiet Shangai, the NFZBBF spokesperson.

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