HARARE – The return of Mr and Ms Zimbabwe after a five-year interruption is set to celebrate emerging talent and will run under the theme “New Talent.”
The country’s premier bodybuilding contest is scheduled for November 2 at the Harare International School in Mount Pleasant.
Tarirai Chirume won the last edition of the championships and is expected to participate in this year’s event with the intention of defending his crown.
National Federation of Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness (NFZBBF) president Otis Goredema said the event has managed to attract record women participants unlike in the previous years.
“Our theme for this year is New Talent as we have a line-up of over 20 new women taking part, which is going to be exciting,” Goredema told the Daily News.
“This year a few regulars have dropped out which has made way for some fresh new talent expected to dominate the sport for years to come. These new guys are bigger and better than we have ever had and are of an international standard, so the competition will be extremely tough.”
Goredema added that the emphasis will be celebrating the re-birth of the contest.
“The Mr Zimbabwe title is prestigious. The winner will forever go down in history as having won it,” he said.
“Our focus for this national title is more on the prestige aspect than the prize money. This title is best suited for athletes who are participating for the love of the sport more than anything else.”
Meanwhile, the event is to open its doors to the general public early in the morning until 2pm with displays in fitness fair by various gyms, supplements as well as cross fit displays.
The evening show is scheduled to start at 7pm.