Dec 04, 2012 Sports
Mike Tyson once said that in the ring he threw punches “with bad intentions.” President of the Suriname Bodybuilding and Weightlifting Federation, Mukesh Kanhai, was in similar combative mood about the mission of the Suriname bodybuilding team coming to Guyana for the Flex Night International event on Saturday night.
Flex Night Incorporated, the organizing committee led by Manager Donald Sinclair and a team were in the neighbouring country for that nation’s premier show over the weekend.
“Donald, we are coming to Guyana to win, the Best Country Trophy will be ours,” In a light-hearted exchange in Paramaribo with Donald Sinclair.
Kanhai explained that Suriname has chosen the best of the best at the Mr. Suriname bodybuilding event, and that second place trophies are not part of their business.
Judging from the 4-man team that Suriname has selected to compete in Guyana, Kanhai has reason to feel confident. The Suriname bodybuilding team comprises the following: Mr. Suriname 2012, Koese Soepe (Under 154 pound class); Jurgen Tjoekoemba (155-165 pounds class); Melvin Tolud (166-176 pounds class) and Wendel Selmo Pawiro (over 176 pounds class).
The current Mr. Suriname, Koese Soepe, came 7th in Madrid in the 2012 Arnold Classic out of a field of over 150 international bodybuilders.
The President confirmed that Suriname is also travelling with a large contingent of both officials and supporters to attend the Fitness Expo and Flex Night bodybuilding events. Three in the group are from Holland, Gisa ter Haar, the guest artiste, Andrew Houtveen, her husband and Coach, and Rinus van der Zeijden, International Fitness and Bodybuilding Coach.
Brazil is the other county that will be sending a team to compete at this Saturday’s event which is set for the National Cultural Centre; tickets are already on sale at the venue with Auditorium Front costing $1,500, Auditorium Rear $1,000 and Balcony $800.
Guyana’s challenge for glory will be led by reigning Mr. Guyana Devon Davis; former multiple CAC gold medalist and Mr. Guyana Sylvan Gardner who is returning to the competitive stage as will be USA based and former Guyana sprint star Rawle Green; Reigning Mr. HRC Kerwin Clarke and former Mr. HRC Royston Booker among others.
Lucky Fans to Cash in
While all the attention will be on stage when the flexing of muscles begins on Saturday evening, a number of fans will be afforded the opportunity to win attractive door prizes that have been made possible through the kind partnerships of some of the many sponsors of the event.
Among the prizes to be won are a Day Trip to Arrow Point Resort compliments of Roraima Airways; One fitness hamper sponsored by The Gift Center; Swedish full body relaxation massage from B’s Beauty Circle & Naturopathic Center; One month’s membership at Fusion Fitness (19 Water Street); Supplement pack from Fitness Express (Sheriff Street); Cash voucher redeemable from any booth at the Fitness Expo or at D&J Shipping compliments of D&J Shipping; Supplement pack and Asics footwear sponsored by Giftland OfficeMax and Three (3) nights & breakfast at the Eco Resort in Suriname.
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