Former Weightlifting Association of Malawi (WBAM) president, Charles Ulaya, has disclosed plans to sponsor a bodybuilding contest in Blantyre to the tune of K1 million.
Dubbed Ulaya Classic, he said the competition would be held in September in honour of his late brothers, Mark and Paul.
“I now wake up to realise that I have to accept that they are gone and the Ulaya Classic will keep me bonded to them. This is the sport I love and would like to continue being my lifestyle and a lifestyle for many,” he said.
Ulaya also said the event is aimed at motivating builders to train harder and build rare muscles.
“I felt indebted to give back to bodybuilding. I guess the game is in me. Where ever I go, everyone sees me as a founder [of the sport]. I grew up in Zolozolo, Mzuzu, where I started lifting weights at our house with friends,” he said.
Ulaya said through the initiatives, he hopes to transform many lives.
“I feel that for a better lifestyle, one has to be fit and therefore, bodybuilding is the route. I spend most of my evenings in the gym. I follow Kris Gethini, a US trainer, on www.bodybuilding.com. If many can follow the programme, it can change lives,” he said.
Ulaya said the competition would be preceded by prejudging sessions in Mzuzu Blantyre, Zomba and Lilongwe.
“Those selected for the national competition will be given the Kris Gethin 12 weeks training programme. We hope they will succeed in transforming others,” he said.
As WBAM president, Ulaya was renowned for equipping local gyms in townships such as Ndirande, Chilombwe, Kawale and Area 25.