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By Mphatso Malidadi:

Female body builder Doreen ‘Dee’ Kumbatira has said she wants to stage more competitions next year so as to promote the sport and encourage fellow women to take up the discipline.

Kumbatira has taken the sport by storm after finishing on fifth position during Gentle Giant competition held in South Africa last month.

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“I went there to see how the sport is managed. Lucky enough, I was placed on fifth place. It was like an eye-opener and, next year, I will do more shows,” she said.

The daughter to former Malawi national football team goalkeeper of the 1960s—Precious Kumbatira—also stole the limelight when she paraded and gave a motivational talk during the Mr Malawi Bodybuilding Contest at College of Medicine Sports Complex in Blantyre on Friday.

Kumbatira, 33, said she has not encountered problems in the male-dominated sport because she was born in a family full of boys.

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“Bodybuilding is a nice sport. I have been lifting weights for three years. Before that, I was doing a lot of cardio and other exercises and not weightlifting because I thought it was for men. Again, I didn’t think I would be able to achieve something because I thought it was just for men,” she said.

Weightlifting and Bodybuilding Association of Malawi has since commended Kumbatira for taking up the sport.

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