Henry Master was on top of his game again when he beat 15 contestants to the Mr. Malawi title at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe on Saturday.
It was Master’s sixth successive win. He was the favourite of both fans and judges as he excelled in all eight categories that were put in place to measure the successful bodybuilder.
It was an emotional day as Ichocho finished third after being edged out by Mr. Mangochi, Brown Gondwe.
“I am quitting the sport. If I had finished second or won, I still could have come back next year. People know me as a bodybuilder, but from next year I want to be known as a successful businessperson,” said Ichocho, who refused to take his prize and medal.
He said he refused to take the prize to demonstrate his anger against Charles Ulaya who was handing out the medals.
“In fact, I am so angry with Mr. Ulaya. I could have manhandled him right there, but I restrained myself. He somehow contributed to my loss,” said Ichocho, but acknowledged that Master deserved to win.
On his part, Master said he trained hard to win.
“I knew that this year’s competition would be tougher than in previous years. I had to train extra hard to edge out competition and it worked. I am glad to have defended the title this year,” said Master who got K250 000 as his prize.
Weightlifting and Bodybuilding Association (Wbam) president Richard Kuwali, described this year’s edition as a success.
“The sport is growing and there was real competition this year. We have to give credit to Master for being outstanding again. But my worry is that there seems to be no up-and-coming bodybuilders to challenge him,” said Kuwali.
Zodiak TV has since announced that it will invest more in next year’s competition.
“We have been impressed with the patronage. It is clear this sport has a large following and we will increase prize money next year. We will also beam the event live,” said Zodiak’s Emanuel Maliro.
Meanwhile, Wbam on Saturday re-elected unopposed Richard Kuwali as its president during an elective general assembly.
The elections took place at Crossroads Hotel just after the Mr. Malawi Pageant.
Kelvin Sawerengera was elected vice-president while Harold Mwanyangana and Evance Kulunga were elected general secretary and vice-general secretary respectively.
The position of treasurer went to Kelvin Tambala whereas national coach Chimwemwe Bakali was elected on a new position of national technical adviser.
Kuwali thanked the delegates for entrusting him with the presidency again.
“I am really humbled. It is a great honour to serve this sport I love,” said Kuwali.
Lilongwe District sports officer Isaac Phiri graced the event.