Mun­ya­mana ready to de­fend ti­tle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Allen Khu­malo Sports Re­porter

DE­FEND­ING cham­pion Love­more Mun­ya­mana says he is ready to de­fend his ti­tle in the 2016 edi­tion of the Mr and Ms Bu­l­awayo Body­build­ing con­test sched­uled for to­mor­row even­ing.

Mun­ya­mana, a four­time Mr Bu­l­awayo, will be de­fend­ing his crown against eight chal­lengers.

“I know it won’t be an easy road, but I have been prac­tis­ing a lot and I am ready to de­fend my ti­tle this week­end,” said Mun­ya­mana.

He feels his big­gest threat would be John Lunga and David Page, whom he feels have the po­ten­tial to wrest the ti­tle from him.

“Lunga, and Page might be a threat on Satur­day. How­ever, I need to re­spect other con­tes­tants and think of ev­ery­one in the com­pe­ti­tion as a threat be­cause like any other sport, if you take your com­peti­tors lightly, they will de­feat you. I have to pre­pare for any­one and look at them as po­ten­tial win­ners,” said Mun­ya­mana.

“Be­ing cham­pion is not easy be­cause ev­ery­one wants to beat you and at the same time peo­ple will be ex­pect­ing more from you.

“There is al­ways that pres­sure, but I have man­aged to deal with that through hard work.”

He said his prepa­ra­tions had not been that of lift­ing weights only, but also in­cluded watch­ing his diet.

“I have been eat­ing low fat foods in or­der to build mus­cles be­cause I am aim­ing for the Mr Zim­babwe com­pe­ti­tion in Septem­ber.

“How­ever, I am still do­ing heavy weights to build mus­cles,” he said.

Mun­ya­mana re­vealed that he did not want to take part in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion but wanted to give oth­ers a chance to win the con­test. How­ever, his spon­sors urged him to con­test.

Mun­ya­mana is the only body builder from Bu­l­awayo who was in­vited to take part in the in­au­gu­ral Africa Arnold Clas­sic that was held in Jo­han­nes­burg, South Africa in May.

“That is the big­gest achieve­ment in my ca­reer be­cause in the whole world I came fifth. It was a big chal­lenge com­pet­ing against guys from Egypt, Qatar and Amer­ica be­cause they get every­thing. They spend most of their time in the gym be­cause they are on the govern­ment’s pay­roll. It is dif­fer­ent in our coun­try.”

He also en­cour­aged up-and-com­ing young­sters not to take short­cuts to build mus­cles, but to work very hard to get to where he is.

“Young­sters should avoid tak­ing steroids to build mus­cles. Drugs have side ef­fects and af­ter the age of 40, your body will start re­act­ing. I would rather ad­vise them to use sup­ple­ments be­cause they are key to body­build­ing,” he said.

In the ladies cat­e­gory, for­mer Ms Novice and de­fend­ing Ms Bu­l­awayo Shantel Batch-Green­land will be look­ing to de­fend her ti­tle. — @khumza­llen

Love­more Mun­ya­mana

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