Zim Ironman contest adopts IFBB format

HARARE - This year’s edition of Mr and Ms Ironman is set to adopt the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) format which will see the show ending before sunset.

The contest is scheduled for Longcheng Plaza in Harare on August 27, making its return to the capital for the first time in three years.

Kadoma’s Odyssey Centre has hosted the last three editions.

Traditionally, contests ran under the national arm, the National Federation of Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness (NFZBBF) have often started with a prejudging ceremony in the morning while the main contest has always been slated for 7pm.

But Zimbabwe’s maiden appearance at the Africa Arnolds Classic in South Africa in May motivated the authorities to move towards the international way of doing things. NFZBBF secretary-general Quiet Shangai confirmed the new format.

“This time we are going to begin with the registration at 8 in the morning, followed by a seminar on supplementation and nutrition courtesy of Greetings Pharmacy at 9 and then get straight into business from 11am to 5pm,” Shangai told the Daily News.

“Judges will be drawn from different provinces in order to create a balance. The judging criteria will eliminate the extremes when computing the results to eliminate extreme bias.”

NFZBBF expects over 100 athletes to participate in the event that is also powered by Astro Mobile, 1+1 Happy and ProFitness Health Club among other sponsors. Athletes expected to compete include seasoned campaigner Isaac Chimuchenga, Eddie Marondera, Shantel Batch, Fern Rose and Eliah Samaringa among others.

Reigning Mr Ironman, Champion Chienderamwano called time on his bodybuilding career to concentrate on promoting the sport hence will not be available to defend his crown.

Other last year winners include Precious Mujuru (Women Figure Fitness), Regina Jonga (Women bodybuilding now Physique), Simbarashe Mhaka (Men’s Physique), Raymond Mutandiri (Junior Men Bodybuilding) and Mako Mwale (Wheelchair Bodybuilding Men).

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