NFZBBF partners WNBF

HARARE - The National Federation of Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness (NFZBBF) has joined hands with the World Natural Bodybuilding Federation (WNBF) to combat the use of steroids and illegal supplements.

A number of bodybuilders have used steroids and prohibited supplements which have harmful side effects to the body.

NFZBBF secretary Claude Shambare said the move is set to produce athletes that are drug-free.

“We are set to partner with this federation because we feel it’s the right time to have professional athletes who do not use drugs and this will encourage all bodybuilders to practice clean bodybuilding,” he said.

“This means we will have a system that tests for banned substances and by joining this federation all athletes to compete in all our tournaments are to be drug free.

“The testing is done through polygraph testing and urine testing and those who fail will be banned for up to seven years.

Shambare said the partnership with WNBF will open doors to sponsorship and also the growth of the sport.

“I’m confident to say the initiative will open doors of assistance to the sport and in most cases winners are usually given a prize of $100 000 which is a lot of money to boost the sport,” Shambare said.

“I have been invited to the US for the World Championships and there, we will have judging clinics, process of testing for banned substances and the competition on the third day.”

Shambare said they will soon be launching an affiliate Zimbabwe Natural Bodybuilding Association and will host their first competition next December in Warren Park.

“The Musclemania tournament will be replaced by the Natural Bodybuilding competition and this means we have to get into all the country’s provinces introducing this initiative and thereby having fair competition,” he said.

The WNBF currently has affiliates in Canada, UK, Japan, Switzerland, Australia, Denmark, Italy and Ireland while Zimbabwe is expected to be added to the list.

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