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Unforgettable year for Body-building, weightlifting

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Body-building and Weightlifting Committee has described the year 2017 as remarkable, after registering more successes than challenges.

The committee’s General Secretary, Harold Mwayang’ana, said they organised Mr Malawi contest in November, including talent identification exercises.

“The contest took place in Blantyre, where Emmanuel Muhuwa emerged champion. Unlike last year, this year we had full support from the corporate world, which also meant the winner got prizes up to K1.5 million. This is very encouraging,” Mwayang’ana said.

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Muhuwa was the runner-up to Patrick Mhango in the 2016 contest.

Mhango failed to defend his title as he did not participate in the championship.

Muhuwa outclassed 30 athletes, including Ulaya Classic Champion Chisomo Kajamu.

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Mwayang’ana further said their committee has, for the first time, committed itself to youth development.

“We managed to hold competitions in the regions and selected three young athletes that we would groom to represent the country at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.

“Meanwhile, the athletes would go into camp as they prepare for the competitions plus other international tournaments that may need our participation,” Mwayang’ana said.

He said the youth development initiative has received a good response from young athletes in the country.

During the year, Kenya-based Malawian Kajamu also defended his Ulaya Classics title at Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe.

Kajamu outclassed other athletes, including well-known body-builder Yasin “Ichocho” Suwedi.

Kajamu went home with a Toyota Vitz as the grand prize.

Despite registering some successes, Mwayang’ana said they also encountered challenges.

He said women’s participation in the sport dwindled as compared to the year 2016.

“It seems most girls got married and quit the sport. That being the case, we are planning to intensify a campaign in 2018 to identify and attract more girls to the sport,” Mwayang’ana said.

He further said the committee failed to reach out to districts due to lack of equipment.

According to the General Secretary, the equipment available is only used in cities in the country.

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