REIGNING Mr Bulawayo Lovemore Munyamana a�� a five-year bodybuilding veteran a�� leads a cast of 20 athletes vying for the Mr and Ms Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) scheduled for Cloud Nine nightclub on Saturday night.
On the ladies front former Ms Novice Shantel Greenland (nee Batch) and Michelle Katsito both of Bodyworks Gym in Bulawayo take to stage for the Ms ZITF title.
Mr and Ms ZITF is bankrolled by principal sponsors Clarion who have provided prize money with the total sponsorship package at $1 500. Cloud Nine have made available the venue while United Kingdom-based Nathan Greenland, owner of Body Works Gym, has pledged to chip in with some funds. In-Trun Trading have also come in with medals and trophies to be handed out on the night.
There is also a helping hand from Hawkflight Construction, Super Med Pharmacy and Plus Two Pharmacy.
Munyamana is a three-time Mr Bulawayo champion having first won the accolade in 2012. He defended the title the following year and won it again last year.
The 32-year-old self employed technician believes his greatest challenge will come from South Africa-based Ndumiso Dlodlo, the Mr Bulawayo first runner-up Lazarus Shereni and Tapuwa Chibota from Kadoma.
a�?Without taking away anything from the other contestants, Dlodlo, Shereni and Chibota are my biggest threats. As an athlete ita��s also important to respect every competitor because everyone brings something different to the competition. Ia��m doing light training in preparation for Mr ZITF but will start lifting heavy weights next month in preparation for the Arnold Classic,a�? said Munyamana.
He is the only male bodybuilder from Bulawayo that was invited to be part of the Zimbabwean team that will take part in the inaugural African Arnold Classic to be held in Johannesburg from 27-29 May.
A total of 28 athletes are travelling to South Africa.
The Arnold Classic Africa 2016 is the first such event to take place in Africa therefore becoming only the fifth Arnold Classic across the world.
The other four being the Arnold Classic Brazil (Rio), United States of America (Columbus), Australia (Melbourne), Europe, Spain (Madrid), and now Arnold Classic Africa and all are administered by the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB).