We need to flex our muscles to put bodybuilding on the national agenda, say buff athletes

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Bodybuilding KwaZulu-Natal chairman Darren Hubraj told TimesLIVE that Bodybuilding SA is the only federation in the country affiliated with the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) but receives minimal support from him.

“Sascoc’s assistance is minimal. The support we receive from the National Federation will be used to host the SA National Championship to raise funds to send the SA team to the World Championship to be held between October and November. A lot of money is directed towards the South African national team as taking a team to the world championship costs an average of R40,000 per athlete. This year’s championship is taking place in Spain.

“This includes accommodation, flights, visas and expenses incurred. I would be happy if the Ministry of Sports, Arts and Culture funded bodybuilding more, but it’s not mainstream like football, rugby or tennis.

“Saturday, we had an intermediate show, that is to say, it goes through the novices and the provincials. On August 24, our team will represent us at the SA National Championships.

The SA National Championships were supposed to be held in Durban, but this fell through due to the economic climate.

“SA funding does not allow us to access European markets because the rand is weak against the pound and the euro,” Hubraj said.

He said athletes should be self-funding when competing in provincial and national events.

“Officials do not receive a salary from the federation. All the support we receive goes to bodybuilding development.

Source: SchedulesLIVE

Teresa E. Burton