Bodybuilder Mhaka set for Brazil

HARARE - Undisputed Zimbabwe men’s bodybuilding and fitness champion Simbarashe Mhaka has set his sights on an international accolade as he prepares for next weekend’s Nabba/WWF Mr Universe Championships in Brazil.

The 29-year-old athlete won the Pretoria Classic in South Africa last month and was awarded a pro card.

The Brazilian contest scheduled for Windsor Barra Hotel and Congress in Rio de Janeiro is set to be his first competition as a professional bodybuilder.

“This show is very important since it will be my first show as a professional bodybuilder and winning it means victory not only for me but my country and Africa as a whole,” Mhaka told the Daily News.

“It is also my wish to bring this federation down to Zimbabwe to help all the aspiring and established bodybuilders who also look forward to participating at the highest level of bodybuilding.

“Momentarily, I’m short of $700 to cater for registration and accommodation but everything else is set and all things being equal I should be leaving on June 20.”

National Federation of Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness secretary-general Quite Shangai said his association is fully behind Mhaka’s mission despite the athlete going to Brazil under a South African ticket.

“We take pride in having Simba representing us in Brazil and wish him the very best of success at the contest,” Shangai said.

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