Dee to return for Arnold Classic

Kumbatira poses

Renowned female bodybuilder Doreen ‘Dee’ Kumbatira has been invited to take part in next year’s edition of Arnold Classic Competition slated for Johannesburg, South Africa next year in May.

Kumbatira has engaged an extra gear in readiness for the annual event.

“This time I have decided to engage my trainer earliest as soon after I got my invitation. She is based in South Africa so we are training online. I have started my preparations this early as there is a lot to consider and take into account, from getting my body stage ready which takes different stages to get a good package. Diet and nutrition are key to a successful preparation and this cannot be over-looked,” she said.


Kumbatira is hoping to perform much better, having finished eighth during last year’s event.

“Last time I participated, I got in the top 10 out of good number of seasoned athletes, being my first time on this big stage I knew I could do better the next time around. It was a great experience,” she said.

The first Malawian female bodybuilder to have come to the fore said she was humbled to be invited in a high profile event.


“It’s a great honour to be invited to such an event. I am proud to be the first Malawian to grace the stage and I look forward to competing with my fellow Malawians in the near future,” she said.

Kumbatira called for support to compete effectively, saying the sport was expensive.

“I am now looking for well-wishers and sponsors to assist me attain my goal of becoming Malawi’s first professional athlete in bodybuilding so that I can fly our flag even higher.

“Bodybuilding is an expensive sport, being an individual sport, but it has a lot of perks for an athlete. I would love to see more Malawian women join the sport and I will be more than happy to assist. Check me on my platforms @deekeepsfit, and,” she said.

Last year, Kumbatira won gold and bronze medals during the South Africa ‘Xtreme’ bodybuilding contest held at Silverstar Casino.

She clinched a gold medal in Bikini fitness category for participants measuring at over 172cm. This category attracted 18 competitors.

She also scooped bronze medal in different category which attracted 15 competitors.

The development came as a relief to the bodybuilder, who finished on position eight out of 35 participants during the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic show.

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