Midlands guns for Mr Zim

HARARE - A host of established and upcoming bodybuilders from Midlands will be out in full force to conquer at Saturday’s Texas Meats Mr and Ms Zimbabwe contest at the Harare International School.

Current Mr Zimbabwe Champion Chienderamwano also hails from the Midlands but will not be able to defend his title this weekend due to an injury.

Leading the Midlands cast will be two-time Mr Botswana Upenyu “Big Life” Mahlaulo.

He has competed in only two shows in the last 10 years; the once-off All Africa Olympia held in Zimbabwe in 2012 and Mr Zimbabwe show two years ago and feels he has got what it takes to claim the country’s biggest trophy on Saturday.

Also making a surprise return to the flagship bodybuilding contest is Munashe Mutandirotya, who in 2012 quit to concentrate on a sports marketing career.

Mutandirotya has an impressive CV having started off as a 14-year-old competing in both local and regional shows in South Africa and Botswana, his current base.

He has won the junior titles, Mr Gweru (2002), Mr Ironman (2003 and 2004), Matebeleland Provincial (2004), Mr Zimbabwe (2004 and 2005), and Mr Botswana Junior champion in 2005, 2006 and 2008 among other accolades.

Theirs is also South African-based Edward “Young Sugar” Mutero, who is Isaac “Sugar” Chimuchenga’s protégée and lookalike.

The Gweru-bred athlete has bagged a number of titles in South Africa such as the 2012 Natural Bodybuilding contest in Kimberly, the 2013 Nabba Flex and Fight in Bloemfontein, 2014 Welkom Classic in Free State as well as the Welkom Classic and Rossi Classic in Free State and Pretoria respectively in 2014.

“When I established myself as a bodybuilder I realised that I could actually take advantage of that,” Mutandirotya told the Daily News when he quit the sport.

“I have looked at the commercial side of the fitness industry which I feel not many people have looked at and have actually observed a lot of opportunities that we can tap on and develop the sport.

“I’m not going to wait for anyone to do it; I’m an athlete so I decided to it for everybody else.”

Chimuchenga, who is rallying his provincial mates from the terraces this time around, was in buoyant mood claiming that the title will remain in the Midlands.

“It’s a difficult contest for the other guys, here we are well represented. All our athletes from this side are in good shape and we are going to win each and every category they are going to compete in, that is how good the team is,” Chimuchenga said.

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