Yasin ‘Ichocho’ Suwedi has said he will reconsider his decision to quit bodybuilding following a visit by Weightlifting and Bodybuilding Association of Malawi (Wbam) general secretary Harold Mwayang’ana on Monday.
Ichocho, 27, told the media on Saturday that he was quitting the sport after being frustrated by alleged biased judging during this year’s Mr. Malawi Bodybuilding Championships in Lilongwe where he slumped to position three.
He said he will re-digest his earlier stand following Mwayang’ana’s visit on behalf of Wbam as well his fans’ plea for him to stay in the sport.
“The GS and my fans have pleaded with me not to quit. However, my chances of quitting and remaining active in bodybuilding are now 50-50. “I will get back to the sport once the judges tell me the mistakes I made to deserve a third place,” he said.
Mwayang’ana confirmed visiting Ichocho to calm him down and hear his side of the story and said he did so as Wbam general secretary and not in his personal capacity.
“We agreed as Wbam executive after the competition to talk to Ichocho to find out what really made him lose his temper and we have sorted out the issue. However, I did not entice him to change his decision of quitting bodybuilding,” said Mwayang’ana.
Nevertheless, his visit seemed to have contrasted Wbam president Richard Kuwali’s sentiments in Tuesday edition of The Nation that they will summon Ichocho to a disciplinary hearing for his refusal to accept a medal and prize money.
Kuwali said Mwayang’ana’s visit to Ichocho was approved by Wbam executive. He further said they would no longer summon Ichocho to a disciplinary hearing because the athlete showed remorse for his actions last weekend.