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Anticipation Builds for the 2nd Mr and Miss East Africa Natural Bodybuilding Contest

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Over 300 keen contestants from diverse backgrounds are gearing up for one of the most awaited sporting events in East Africa, all set to showcase their dedication, discipline, and resilience.

Enhanced Prize Money Draws More Contestants​

In a significant boost to participants, the prize money for this year has seen a considerable jump, reaching an impressive Sh.2.5 million, up from the Sh1 million offered in the previous edition. Such an increment not only underscores the competition's growing stature but is a testament to the rising popularity and recognition of bodybuilding as a legitimate sport in the region.

Mr and Miss East Africa Natural Bodybuilding

Champions of the Previous Edition​

Last year, the event's stage lit up with 148 passionate contestants, each demonstrating their unique physical prowess. The grand prize of Sh1 million was claimed by the dynamic duo - Rashid Gift Issa and Caren Mulyanga, who set high standards with their impeccable form and dedication.

Introducing New Categories​

Staying ahead of the curve and ensuring inclusivity, this year's edition has introduced three fresh categories:

  • Classic: A category emphasizing proportion, muscle tone, and general appearance.
  • Masters: For those seasoned athletes who have been in the bodybuilding realm for a longer duration.
  • Special Category for Persons with Disabilities: Championing the spirit of inclusivity and recognizing the dedication of differently-abled athletes.

Commitment to Fair Play​

The organizers have been resolute in ensuring that the contest remains clean and is a true representation of natural bodybuilding. In a move towards this, a comprehensive seminar was recently conducted to enlighten participants about the detrimental effects of doping. Event Coordinator, Joseph Mugo, strongly emphasized the organization's zero-tolerance policy towards any forms of doping. Highlighting the repercussions, he reminded the participants of the previous year's incident where four contestants were barred from the contest for four years due to doping violations.

"We aim to foster a culture of clean competition, where athletes exemplify the highest standards of ethics and fairness," Mugo reiterated.

A Focus on Mental Health​

A unique angle to this year's edition was the emphasis on the benefits of bodybuilding for mental well-being. Counselling psychologist Trizah Muthoni threw light on the importance of physical activity, especially bodybuilding, in enhancing mental health among men.

Encouraging more men to take up the sport, Muthoni commented, "Physical activities, especially bodybuilding, can serve as a therapeutic outlet for men, providing them a platform to channel their energy, thereby positively impacting their mental well-being."

Esteemed Judges and Guests​

Lending credibility and ensuring a fair contest, guest judge Robert Phil, accompanied by other reputed judges from East Africa, will be evaluating the contestants. The event is also set to witness the presence of notable dignitaries, including Sports CS Ababu Namwamba.

In conclusion, the 2nd Mr and Miss East Africa natural bodybuilding contest promises to be more than just a competition. It's a celebration of dedication, hard work, and the indomitable human spirit. As the contestants prepare to take the stage this Saturday at the Rupaz Fun and Fitness Centre in Eldoret, the excitement and anticipation are palpable. This event is all set to carve a niche in the annals of sporting history in East Africa.
 
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