ZIMBABWE’S team to Arnold Classic has suffered another withdrawal with Pardon Dube unable to travel since he will be writing his final year exams at the National University of Science and Technology.
Dube, a final year Bachelor of Engineering degree student at Nust said he only discovered on Sunday that his first examination is on Friday, the same day as his and as such he has opted to put his studies first since there would be other opportunities to compete in Arnold Classic in future. He was meant to represent the country in the men’s physique together with Simbarashe Mhaka.
“My exams start 5 May, the same day as men’s physique. I only discovered on Sunday that my exams clash with my competition in Arnold Classic. I obviously have to choose school because I will get other opportunities to take part in Arnold Classic in future,’’ said Dube.
What pains the 25-year old is that he had actually gone against the doctor’s advice not to train after he suffered a deep glass cut on his left forearm in October last year. The doctor had told him not to train for six months but since he was gearing up for an international event, Dube had to go against that advice.
“It’s really painful, it feels like a waste of resources, I had to push despite suffering a deep cut on his left forearm, the doctor told me not to train for six months but I decided to ignore that since I was preparing for Arnold Classic,’’ Dube.
The Bulawayo based Dube qualified for Arnold Classic by virtue of finishing second in last year’s Mr Ironman where he lost out to Mhaka. Dube last Saturday finished second in Mr Zimbabwe International Trade Fair men’s physique where he again lost Mhaka.
His withdrawal means that Shantel Greenland, Selina Manuel and Ndumiso Dlodlo are the only Bulawayo bodybuilders taking part in Arnold Classic. Five times in a row Mr Bulawayo, Lovemore Munyamana pulled out of the biggest multisport show in Africa since he could not afford the cost of dieting.
Arnold Classic Africa takes place at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from Friday to Sunday with Zimbabwe sending 23 athletes to the leading multisport event in Africa.
Team Zimbabwe for Arnold Classic Africa
Senior men bodybuilding: Garikayi Mujuru, Nigel Maphosa, Ndumiso Dlodlo, Paul Goredema, Blessing Nyapinbi, Brighton Mazikana
Senior men classic bodybuilding: Eliah Samaringa, Michael Shoniwa (also doing junior men classic bodybuilding)
Men’s physique: Godwin Simbarashe Mhaka
Junior men’s physique: Edvaldo Silva Mateus
Men’s fitness: Chamunorwa Marange, Masimba Nyamajiwa, Mugove Muhambi
Women bikini fitness: Shirley Spreeth, Shantel Greenland
Junior women bikini fitness: Demi Ferreira, Selina Manuel
Women body fitness: Precious Mujuru, Hellen Costa Sinclair
Junior men bodybuilding: Juandre Nel
Masters women bikini fitness: Kirsty Baxter
Strongman challenge: Gift Sango, Prosper Saungweme