A STELLAR selection of Zimbabwe’s top bodybuilding athletes are expected at the Marume Classic taking place in Harare on Saturday.
The National Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation of Zimbabwe (NFZBBF) is expecting a better event this year as it makes a return to the bodybuilding calendar after being suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s the brainchild of Givemore Marume, four-time Mr Zimbabwe winner and six-time Mr Ironman.
Categories include Men’s Open Bodybuilding, Junior Men’s Bodybuilding, Men’s Physique, Men’s Open Fitness, and Women’s Open Bikini.
Veteran bodybuilder Nunurai Masosonore won the main prize in the senior men’s general category of the last edition held in 2020.
“The show is back after a hiatus due to COVID-19 which forced a halt to sporting activities as well as the closure of gymnasiums which made it impossible to hold the competition,” Marume told NewsDay Sport. .
The winners of the Marume Classic categories will earn the right to participate in the national championships as well as the Arnolds Classic Africa.
The NFZBBF Championships will take place in Harare next month and registration has already started.
Marume said competition helps athletes improve and provides them with a platform to prepare for further competitions.
“The purpose of the Marume Classic is to give athletes the opportunity to showcase their craft and qualify for the National Zim Championships. Athletes will gain financial benefits as well as experience,” added NFZBBF Secretary Keith Chirimanzi.
Gideon Teguru, Nunurai Masosonore, Mark Dzvokoro, Joseph Liquembo, Linnet Tom and Blessing Sithole, better known as CC Banks, are among the top athletes who make up the Saturday show’s lineup.
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