Mhaka qual­i­fies for IFBB Di­a­mond Cup

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Love­more Zi­gara Gweru Cor­re­spon­dent

REIGN­ING Mr Zim­babwe fit­ness physique cham­pion and two-time Mr Ironman physique God­win Sim­barashe Mhaka has qual­i­fied to com­pete at the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion for Body­build­ing (IFBB) Di­a­mond Cup in the United King­dom next month.

The qual­i­fi­ca­tion comes hard on the heels of his tri­umph in South Africa where he won the IFBB Boks­burg Clas­sic men’s physique over­all ti­tle on Au­gust 6 be­fore win­ning the Mr and Ms Zim­babwe Body­build­ing and Fit­ness Cham­pi­onships and Ironman 2016 held last week­end.

He looks set to fol­low in the foot­steps of Gweruborn body­builder Vic­tor Hungwe, who rose to fame in South Africa be­fore tak­ing part at the Mr World fi­nals in Naples, Italy.

Mhaka said he is rel­ish­ing the op­por­tu­nity, which he wants to use as a pedestal to turn pro­fes­sional.

“This is a dream come true for me and it fits well in my plans of turn­ing pro­fes­sional,” said Mhaka.

“I have ob­served that in the sport in­dus­try, one has to work very hard.

“I was a track and field ath­lete be­fore and that’s where I learnt a lot of lessons.

“I would like to thank the Fed­er­a­tion (of Zim­babwe Body­build­ing Na­tional and Fit­ness) for its ef­forts to bring more gen­res in the physique in­dus­try be­cause it is al­low­ing peo­ple with dif­fer­ent ge­netic make-ups to find ca­reer paths,” he said.

Should Mhaka win his divi­sion, he will earn an IFBB elite card, al­low­ing him to par­tic­i­pate at the IFBB Elite World Cup, which is a gate­way for ob­tain­ing the IFBB pro card.

How­ever, Mhaka can also earn a pro card by win­ning the over­all Di­a­mond Cup.

Mhaka, who won the Pre­to­ria Clas­sic Male Aer­o­bic Fit­ness Cham­pi­onships, fea­tures in the lat­est is­sue of Mus­cle Evo­lu­tion, a South African health and fit­ness magazine.

Mr Ironman physique God­win Sim­barashe Mhaka

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