HARARE – National Federation of Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness (NFZBBF) president Otis Goredema expressed satisfaction with the level of competition exhibited during the Mr Novice contest at Country Club at the weekend.
The Mr Novice competition is a contest that is set aside for bodybuilders who are making their professional debut and kick started the NFZBBF 2013 calendar.
NFZBBF will hosts two more other contests this year including the Mr Iron Man which is the country’s second largest bodybuilding contest on June 1.
The premier bodybuilding contest in the country, the Mr Zimbabwe competition is set to bounce back in September after a five-year absence.
The last time the Mr Zimbabwe contest was held, Tarirai Chirume walked away with the top prize in 2008.
At this year’s Mr Novice competition Pro Fitness athlete, Garikayi Mujuru won the title beating a while Tonic Chiwaya and Luckmore Maganga finished in second and third place respectively in the senior men’s category.
The Junior Novice crown went to Endurance Chipere with Prince Hove coming second best.
The organisers had to scrap the female category due to a poor turnout of contestants.
NFZBBF president Goredema said: “It turned out to be a good show despite the fact that it’s a contest for the beginners, one that doesn’t have to be defended.
“The athletes were really professional and this is largely because the advent of the internet has improved dissemination of information and our boys went about their business like seasoned campaigners.”
The event saw a total of nine athletes registering for the senior challenge and three entering in the junior category.
For various reasons which include inappropriate costume and poor shaving, four entrants in the seniors and one junior were suspended.
“They were a few that didn’t have access to information as to what one is required to adhere to when coming to a professional contest,” Goredema added.
“We are very happy though that we managed to hold the show under a short notice. Our focus is on holding the Mr Iron Man contest.”
The contest was sponsored by various stakeholders.
Zimbabwe female rally driver, Laureen Marufu provided food for the contestants courtesy of her company, Amara’s Health Spa.
Country club proprietor, Ryan Burt provided the organiser with a venue for the show free of charge.
The top placed athletes received muscle pack food supplements from BodyFeed owner Nayan Madhoo while the Harare Bodybuilding and Fitness Association provided technical support.