JOSEPH Tembo of Lusaka’s Kabwata gym on Saturday night scooped the 2018 Iron Body Building Competition which was held at Chipata’s Protea Hotea. Tembo beat ten other contestants to scoop the first position and bagged the K6,000 prize money.
Enock Chama of Chawana gym came second, taking home K3,000 while Emmanuel Nkonde of Matero gym scooped the third position and walked away with a K2,000. In the junior Iron Man Chipata Category, Aaron Banda of Chipata’s Kapata gym came first while Samson Sakala came second.
Emmanuel Kamanga won the third position out of the seven Chipata based body builders that competed. Each body builder received certificates and a medal. Speaking during the event, Eastern Province permanent secretary Chanda Kasolo said there would be a Mr Chipata body building competition this year that would be sponsored by local supporters.
Kasolo said body builders from Chipata would compete favorably in the next competition. And ministry of Sports permanent secretary Joe Kapembwa said the government recognises the critical role that sports play in the nation. Kapembwa, who represented sports minister Moses Mawere, encouraged stakeholders across the country to open gyms so that they could encourage young ones to join the body building sport.
He appealed to the business community in Chipata and other towns to begin to invest in gyms and fitness programmes. Kapembwa also appealed to the Zambia Body Building and Fitness Federation and gym owners to ensure that their facilities were equipped with good trainers to ensure safety.
ZBBFF president Emmanuel Chimuka said he was impressed with the reception they received in Chipata. Chimuka observed that most of the events were held in Lusaka but that through the guidance of the Ministry of Sports, they decided to hold this competition outside Lusaka.