Weightlifting and Bodybuilding Association of Malawi (Wabam) was forced to extend the registration period for this year’s Mr Malawi bodybuilding contest from Thursday to Saturday due to poor response.
Wabam General Secretary Harold Mwayang’ana said they extended the deadline due to lukewarm response ahead of the annual showdown to be staged this evening at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe.
“Of course, a lot of bodybuilders expressed interest to join but did not pay affiliation fee. So we were taking into consideration those that paid affiliation fee.
“However, registration picked up on Friday and we have now over 20 bodybuilders,” he said.
Nevertheless, Mwayang’ana said registering for the contest was not automatic that everyone would compete.
“As a custom every contestant will undergo prejudging session on Saturday morning. We will only select the cream to battle for the title,” he said.
Renowned bodybuilder Yasin Ichocho Suwedi asked fellow bodybuilders to register and compete.
“There will be no bodybuilding without bodybuilders. Winning or losing should be treated as a motivation for success,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Malawi defending champion Emmanuel ‘MuscleManzy’ Muhuwa said retaining the title was his mission.
“I have been preparing for this contest and I believe I have built a large body mass and my muscle definition is just fine,” Muhuwa said.
South Africa based entrepreneur Tiwone Mdina injected K5 million towards this year’s contest which was budgeted at K22 million.
Hashtag Fitness Gym has also pumped in K2 million towards the event.
The contribution includes monetary value and other incentives such as a year-long gym membership for some of the winners
“We feel we should enhance our relationship with Central High. Their students managed to help the team deliver good results. Besides that we were also using Central High’s training grounds for free. The school even donated to us some balls,” she said.
Kathewera said if the partnership is enhanced, it will help bridge and nurture more players.
CHIS Head Master Nishant Mishra welcomed the idea.
“At Central High we always value sporting activities. This is why we hold a lot of events to promote sports. We are willing to run programmes that will help develop the sport. In this case, we are ready to work jointly with Maha,” he said.
Maha used a make-shift squad to avoid a five year ban.
International Handball Federation (IHF) provided funding Malawi’s food, transportation and accommodation whereas the Malawi National Council of Sports contributed K3 million towards residential camping and external allowances.