Bodybuilders vying for top honours in the Buffalo City Metro 2018 Arnold Africa Body Building Classic Qualifiers strutted their stuff at the East London City Hall in front of a cheering crowd over the weekend.
The winners will now prepare to participate in the 2018 Arnold Africa Body Building Classic, which is set to be staged at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from May 18 to 20.
Event organiser Khaya Majeke, of KM Sports Promotions said he was delighted with the support he received from athletes who came from the Southern African Development Community [SADC] region.
“Athletes from all over came to the contest and there was a developmental aspect to the contest, as you know our intention is to drive the transformation agenda.
“We had five novice divisions and I was happy with the way athletes performed in that division, and the young African girls are really penetrating the space as well,” said Majeke.
Another aim of the event was to help boost sports tourism in the region, he said.
“We had more than 40 athletes who came from outside of the Buffalo City Metro and thus there was a contribution towards the local Gross Dometic Product.
“And we want also to position our metro in the entire SADC region, and you’d recall that the overall prize was taken by Malimo Miguel from Mozambique.
“But we still had the likes of Terra Dlodlo who’s from here – who kept the flag of BCM flying high.”
Majeke lauded female athletes from institutions of higher learning for their participation.
“We had girls from Fort Hare University, Walter Sisulu University and the Mangosuthu University of Technology.
“And I was happy with the judging as well.
“We didn’t have any hassles and even the manner in which we spread the incentives. We saw most of the athletes leaving the stage smiling,” he added.
Malimo Miguel was the senior men’s overall winner and East London muscleman Thembelani Dlodlo took first place in the senior men over 80kg.
The current Mr South Africa, Mveliso Tapi was the guest poser on the night.
“Congratulations to all the winners and good luck to them in their quest for glory at the national competition,” said Majeke.