32-year-old Ivan Byekwaso won his first world title in Body Building at the International Natural Body Building World Cup that took place in San Diego, Texas. After spending almost one month training with renowned coach Gaspar Lorenzo at the World Gym in California, Byekwaso was in great shape and took the Cup.
Ivan Byekwaso started body building in 2005. Since then, he has been Mr. Kampala and Mr. Uganda five times, East African Champion two times, and Musclemania Africa Champion one time, in 2014. He won the INBA World Championship in Slovakia and was a bronze medalist for INBA in the United States in 2014, INBA. Now he has won the INBA Natural Universe 2015 World Cup in Texas. He beat 200 competitors from across the world to the World Cup held at the Harrahs Resort.
Byekwaso returned on Wednesday 18th November amidst pomp and celebration. He came in a convoy, drove through town and met fans along the way. He was officially welcomed by Hon. Minister Charles Bakabulindi at a cocktail at Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala. “God is great. It was not easy but God is always on my side. I won my category (short men 175cm), a gold medal and the overall trophy,” said Byekwaso who beat American and Australian competitors in the final.
“Pemba Sports Africa is so proud of Ivan Byekwaso. When we met, he was confident of his potential and future, and that is something contagious. We are glad we backed him, and he didn’t let us and Uganda down,” said an excited Jackson Pemba, Byekwaso’s facilitator and Chairman of Pemba Sports Africa. “I hope to do the same in the Natural Olympia so Ugandans should continue praying for me,” added Pemba.
Pemba talked about the personal struggles Ugandan athletes face, and talked about how he pledged to support Ivan Byekwaso, taking the weight of most of his financial responsibilities off his shoulders to allow him to train in peace. Byekwaso even attributed his success to his peace of mind in this respect, because he was able to train worry-free. Pemba rewarded world champion Byekwaso with a car and a plot of land, in addition to a week-long all-expense paid vacation for Ivan and his two children, a 9-year-old boy and 4 and half-year old girl.
Pemba also said that now that Ivan has brought home the championship, Uganda stands the chance to host the next championship event in 2017.
Pemba Sports Africa funded and coordinated Ivan Byekwaso’s past three trips to the different championships. Pemba Sports Africa is a sports development agency aimed at facilitating the development of sport through exposure of local sporting talent through exchange programs and clinics.