CHAMPION Tinotenda Ryan Gumbo says he still carries the dream of attaining the International Federation of Body Building and Fitness (IFBB) pro-card despite the continued cancellation of the Arnold Classic competition.
The Arnold Classic was supposed to take place in May last year, but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and was now meant to be held from May 14-16 this year.
However, organisers of the event have once again postponed the event.
“With regards to the Arnold Sport Festival Africa 2021, when we set a new date for ACA 2021, we were hoping the Covid-19 pandemic would be under control and allow us to host events by now, but unfortunately, we still find ourselves in the second wave and a great deal of uncertainty.
“We are excited about the implementation of the vaccine as it could change the challenges we face making it easier to host major events with the assembly and gathering of large numbers of people.
“Thus, the decision to move the Arnold Classic Africa later in the year to October or November. The date soon to be confirmed, Covid-19 regulations and logistics (venue) permitting,” reads parts of a statement from organisers of the event.
The competition, founded in 2016, is a multi-sport festival that features sports including bodybuilding, strongman, weightlifting, a wide variety of youth sports and a large fitness exposition at Sandton Convention Centre.
Reigning Mr Zimbabwe Men’s Physique, Gumbo, says he continues to put in extra work despite the uncertainty of when the competition might take place.
“This is the hardest preparations ever. It is so taxing because one has to stay sharp and ready as a date can be announced at any given time. So, I’m preparing non-stop at home using home workouts plus equipment I have got since gyms are still closed.
“I still look forward to winning the overall award so that I get an International Federation of Body Building and Fitness (IFBB) pro-card and become the first Zimbabwean to do so in the men’s Physique,” said Gumbo.