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Grivin Manda, Moses Mphinga retain Mr Zomba titles

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By Tiyese Monjeza:

Grivin Manda outclassed 11 other bodybuilders to retain the Mr Zomba Bodybuilding title at Naminyowe Villa in Zomba on Wednesday.

For emerging victorious, Manda walked away with K90,000 whereas runner-up Victor Chimwaza received K70,000. Kickboxing coach Mavuto Before finished third and went home with K60,000.

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Malawi Defence Force soldier Moses Mphinga also retained the weightlifting title for the third year in a row and pocketed K50,000.

Runner-up Thoko Sanjira and third-placed Thoko Bwanali received K30,000 and K20,000, respectively.

Manda attributed his success to hard work and determination.

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“After registering continued success in the Mr Zomba contest, I made my debut appearance at the 2021 Mr Malawi contest where I finished on position five. This was after I surprised my fellow bodybuilders to finish third at an International Federation of Bodybuilding competition in 2020. So, I continue to improve my performances every year. My confidence continues to grow and I expect to register more success,” he said.

Manda lamented inadequate sponsorship in the game after prize money for Mr. Zomba was slashed from K110,000 to K90,000.

He said bodybuilders invest a lot of money in diet, hence the need to hike the competition’s prize money.

“I want to become the competition’s longest-standing champion. I know there are other up-and-coming weight lifters but they have to wait for many more years to come before claiming my title,” he said.

Organiser Bright Limani said he was impressed with the stiff competition among the athletes and the spectators’ turnout.

“Our goal is to popularise the sport and produce the best bodybuilders and weightlifters for Malawi. This competition keeps growing since we started it in 2013. However, I would have loved if more sponsors came in so that we increase the package we give to the winners,” Limani said,

  1. Adam Wholesalers and fast food outlet Kips Restaurants sponsored the competition to the tune of K1.1 million.

Spectators also witnessed kickboxing and junior bodybuilding contests during the event.

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