Mhaka's race to raise $2 500

HARARE - Local bodybuilder Simbarashe Mhaka has only today to raise $2 500 or else his dream to compete at the World National Amateur Bodybuilders Association contest in France on June 27.     

The 27-year-old won a ticket to compete at the event after winning the Pretoria Classic in South Africa last month.

Mhaka needs the money to pay for his airfares, accommodation and meals for the contest to be held in Marseille.

“It’s been the most difficult few weeks of my bodybuilding career trying to get sponsors on board without success but I’m hopefully that a miracle can still happen and I will be able to fly out to France with the rest of the team on the 24th of June,” Mhaka told the Daily News yesterday.

“There’s a lot that I still need to work on for instance getting the visa done inside five days at $62, raising the $2 510 and beating the 24th deadline so that I get to travel together with my South African counterparts.

“It will be a great disappointment if I were to fail to go to France. I have done absolutely all that I could in order to put my country on the international map.

“Although I will be contesting under the South African banner largely because Zimbabwe is not yet affiliated, I remain a proud Zimbabwean.”

Mhaka has a good track record in local bodybuilding circles after winning the fitness physique category at Mr Iron Man, Musclemania, Midlands Grand Prix contests in recent years.

“The benefits are just countless which is why it is my hope and dream to participate in France,” he said.

“May all those who care for the development of Zimbabwean sport take time to meditate on my situation and kindly come to my rescue.

“I have very limited time to make this a success and how tomorrow (today) pans out will be very crucial.”

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