HARARE – Eight African countries are expected to muscle it out at the All-Africa Olympia bodybuilding contest at the Rainbow Towers in Harare next month.
The battle for Africa will be held for the first time in Zimbabwe under the auspices of the National Federation of Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness (NFZBBF) interim executive on November 17.
This will be the federation’s last competition before a substantive committee is elected into office.
The interim executive’s one-year tenure, stipulated by the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC), ends at the end of this month.
NFZBBF president Shamim Hussein said three countries have so far confirmed their participation. Hussein tipped the All-Africa Olympia to be the mother of all battles on the continent.
“Everything seems to be on track, we have received confirmed entries from Botswana, Zambia and South Africa while Ghana, Nigeria and Ivory Coast are also likely to come down,” Hussein told the Daily News yesterday.
“We are looking at approximately eight African countries taking part and this will be the biggest cash prize competition in African bodybuilding history if it all goes according to plan. The overall winner will take $7 000.”
Registration for the contest will be on the day of the show. Zimbabwe’s current Pro Fitness holder and Musclemania Victor Hungwe will lead the local contingent, although he will have to shrug off serious competition from other seasoned local campaigners.
Other prominent Zimbabwe bodybuilders set to take part include Tarirai Chirume, Givemore Marume, Zumailer Eusen Maman and Isaac ‘Sugar’ Chimuchenga.