Over 80 power lifters graced the fourth edition of Roy Mubiru (RM) power lifting and cross fit championship at the Elite fitness center in Kisasi on Saturday. Artiste Moses Ssali aka Bebe Cool, also a power lifter, was part of the audience after an invitation by the US-based Roy Mubiru –who was the event organiser. According to Mubiru, Ugandan power lifters need a lot of support especially in equipment, foodstuffs and supplements. “I discussed with National council of sports (NCS) and they promised to help us at least with tickets to USA for lifters who will qualify for the American power lifting championship and the Arnold classics. Every lifter who made a total weight of 1000kgs at the RM event qualifies for the USA power lifting championship. I am also seeking support from USA,” noted Mubiru, who is the first Ugandan power lifter to ever qualify for the World Power lifting Championships set for this May in Ukraine. To achieve this historical feat, Mubiru won Gold in the heavy weight at the recently concluded 32nd State Bay annual American Powerlifting Association (APA) Championships held in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. The APA is used as a qualifier for both the USA national power lifting team and other nations do always take part as well. Mubiru, who weighs 122kgs, lifted weights that nobody would even fathom picking up, and he was doing it with relative ease. He lifted 365kgs in dead lift, did 210kgs for the bench press and 259kgs for the squats before being declared winner of a gold medal in the heavyweight division. The RM participants competed in the bench, squat, dead lift and cross fit competitions while people with disabilities (PWDS) took part in only bench competition. Mohammed Nigo made 135kgs to beat his competitors in the PWDs category –his personal best. The Lukwago fitness center lifter made more 10kgs from what he achieved in the African Paralympics qualifiers in Morocco last year to claim Bronze. In the categories, Robert Kalema won the masters, Michael Ssebale (79kgs), Alberto Jude (Ladies), Joel Bakanzewa (100kgs), Mackay Okello (Pro masters), Derrick Mwanje (cross fit). All the winners were awarded with modern food supplements and certificates courtesy of Mubiru (organiser), sponsors Riham and Victory school of beauty. Terry Harcleroad, a US super heavy power lifter, who was a guest at the event, applauded Uganda’s talent. “Ugandan lifters only need to improve on the techniques and learn more how to do it safer. But I have spotted about six really good athletes,” noted the American, who also qualified for the world championships.