HARARE – The 2016 local bodybuilding season commences with the Mr and Ms Novice contest scheduled for Longchen Plaza in Harare this Saturday. By Austin Karonga
The contest solely reserved for beginners is set to feature five bodybuilding and fitness divisions, six power-lifting divisions and two strength and fitness challenge competitions.
A total of eight provinces have confirmed their participation in the contest namely; Mashonaland West, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland Central, Manicaland, Masvingo, Midlands, Bulawayo and Harare.
National Federation of Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness (NFZBBF) spokesperson Quiet Shangai said the contest will cater for both male and female athletes.
“We will begin the day with the registration in the morning then get straight into the main business of the day with the power-lifting and strength and fitness challenges,” Shangai said.
“In the bodybuilding and fitness, we have senior men and junior men, men’s fitness and women figure fitness as well as the wheelchair category.
“The power-lifting has bench press, squats and deadlifts for both men and women while strength and fitness challenges will also be for both sexes.”
Renowned bodybuilder Irvine Dekeya is set to guest pose at the event together with Masimba Nyamajiwa from Masvingo.
At last year’s contest, the senior men bodybuilding trophy went to Brian Saundombe while Raymond Mutandiri walked away with gold in the juniors.
Shammah Mugava was crowned men’s fitness champion while Marlyn Mangoto and Shantel Batch won their respective women bodybuilding and women bikini fitness categories.
NFZBBF has partnered various sponsors for the contest.