The return of Chienderamwano

HARARE - Three-time Mr Zimbabwe Champion “Mbewe” Chienderamwano is set to return onto the stage when he competes at next month’s rebranded Zimbabwe National Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships (ZNBBFC).

The contest, which is the country’s premier bodybuilding competition, is set to be held at the 7 Arts Theatre in Avondale on October 21 with at least seven categories set to be showcased.

Chienderamwano won the competition before it was rebranded between 2013 and 2015 before he decided to take a back seat last year.

Only two other athletes – the late George Takundwa (1981-1984) and Givemore Marume (2001- 2003) – are the only other bodybuilders to have achieved a similar feat.

However, Chienderamwano has come out of his self-imposed exile and will be part of the cast this year.

“I’m back and I’m going to take back what belongs to me,” Chienderamwano told the Daily News.

“I have taken a deserved year’s sabbatical to refuel my body and I’m glad I will be returning back to the stage with a much improved physique.”

In Chienderamwano’s absence, Midlands-born Paul Goredema claimed the title last year.

Although he is very confident of retaining the title, Chienderamwano will face tough opposition in the form of youthful Nigel Maphosa, Goredema, Ndumiso Dlodlo, Simbarashe Dube, Blessing Nyapimbi and Garikayi Mujuru.

“I’m not too much concerned about other people’s frames because I know I have built a body good enough to challenge anyone daring to compete,” he said.

“I’m equally happy that the sport has evolved in my absence, we have seen some exciting youngsters coming through and putting their hands on the trophy but that is how far it will go for now because the master is back to take what rightfully belongs to him.”

Had Chienderamwano competed and won in last year’s event he would have equalled Takundwa’s record of four consecutive titles.

“I’m not worried about breaking any records but just want to make my own history so I have to take a break to focus on something different from competing and get back to bodybuilding the following year,” Chienderamwano said after winning his third crown two years ago.

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