2015 World Naturalal Body Building & Fitness Championship:
Winner (178cm Category – Men): Ivan Byekwaso (Uganda)
Celebrated body builder, Ivan ‘Mr Kampala’ Byekwaso has made history by becoming the first Ugandan ever in history to win a world’s Mr. Natural Universe fitness title.
Byekwaso, 37, won the 67th edition of the global event held at the Zach Topfer theatre in South Lamar, Austin Texas State, United States of America.
He beat close to 120 competitors in the 178cm men natural body building and fitness event.
In his victory speech, the well muscled sportsman attributed his success script to a strict training regime, proper dietary and sheer luck;
I thank the organizers of this event, my fellow competitors and my sponsors. It takes a lot to win such an event. It is all built right from training, good feeding and the glory of God.
Famous actor, now turned politician Arnold Schwarzenegger won the title thrice between 1968-70.
Six time successive winner, Kiyoshi Moody made a guest appearance during the championship.
Prior to traveling for the event, Byekwaso struggled to make ends meet as far as sponsorship was concerned.
He was eventually bailed out by the generous giving hands of Pembe Sports Africa, a company owned by Tanzanian based entrepreneur, Jacob Pembe.
A hero’s welcome awaits the Ugandan, who also scooped silver in Slovakia before returning with Bronze (America) in some of the previous elite events held.
Last year, it took a last minute intervention of President Museveni to bail out the body builder with a sponsorship package worth $3000 for the Slovakia world event.
Byekwaso, who won a cash prize of $4000 for his achievement in Texas, has now set his eyes on the up coming Natural Olympia multi-sport expo in November 2015.