The competition will be open to all bodybuilders from the lakeshore areas, according to WAM president Richard Kuwali.
“But the competition is also open to those who want to participate from the main cities of Blantyre, Lilongwe, Zomba and Mzuzu. This is part of the talent identification exercise. The reason we are informing athletes a month earlier is to give them enough time to train and be in shape for the games,” said Kuwali.
Kuwali said prizes range from K20 000 (about $80) for the champion, K15 000 (about $60) second position and K10 000 (about $40) for third place.
But he said the prizes might increase depending on the response from the corporate world.
“We are appealing to companies and organisations, even interested individuals to partner us and make the event more successful and glamourous. The event provides companies an opportunity to advertise their services,” he said, adding that WAM will hold similar competitions in Blantyre, Zomba, Mzuzu and Karonga between June and August this year.
“We will host Mr. Malawi in September, so we want to identify as many athletes as possible to make the Mr. Malawi event more competitive and inclusive. We want all the districts in the country to be represented,” said Kuwali.
Current Mr. Malawi Henry Master will also showcase bodybuilding techniques at the event in Mangochi to inspire participants, according to Kuwali.
Master has won all bodybuiding competitions in the past five years. He is the current Presidential Initiative on Sports champion.