In an attempt to stimulate competition at the forthcoming Mr. Malawi Bodybuilding contest, the organisers, Weightlifting and Bodybuilding Association of Malawi (WAM) have increased the stakes.
Last year, the winner, Henry Master, received K50 000 (about $166), but this time around, the winner will receive K85 000 (about $283), runner-up K75 000 (about $250), third-placed K60 000 (about $200) and K55 000 (about $183) for the fourth winner.
“We are encouraging aspirants to this sport to be motivated by the money on offer. This is a growing sport with lot of potential for those who excel,” WAM president Richard Kuwali said on Thursday.
“If things go according to plan, we might increase the prize for the overall winner to K100 000 (about $333). We are waiting for funding from some well-wishers,” he said.
Isaac Mwangonde, who won the contest three times in a row two decades ago, has made a comeback and will this year compete with the new generation, including Henry Master at Steers in Blantyre.
Kuwali has welcomed the challenge from Mwangonde saying it will spice up the event. Over 50 bodybuilders are expected to take part in the contest on December 6.