CONDOLENCE messages continued to pour in yesterday for the late legendary former bodybuilder and ex- Mr Zimbabwe George Takundwa who died at Parirenyatwa Hospital on Sunday. Colleagues and some of the bodybuilders and weightlifters who were nurtured by the late Takundwa were still in a state of shock following the multiple champion's death by yesterday.
Claude Shambare who worked with Takundwa said he was loss of words to described how he had been initiated into the sport's administration and the good working relations they had enjoyed throughout the years they known each other.
"We have lost a friend, colleague and a teacher as the Weightlifting Federation of Zimbabwe and the gap is too big to fill.
"I had known Takundwa as a man who was so principled who did his things after a thorough analysis. He was doing a lot for the federation and his input will be sadly missed.
"Takundwa possessed so much talent that we will take long to replace and as he was the president he was able to bring people together a unifier who did not rush into decisions.
"For me I saw that we had the same vision with the late and he managed to achieve a lot during his career which many people emulate even after his death. The gap will be difficult to fill," said Shambare.
Ottis Goredema another colleague, spoke highly of Takundwa's talent.
"The man had a great vision for weightlifting in the country as he promoted the sport from grassroots.
"During the time of his death he had revived the federation and if it were not for funds we would have participated in last year's Olympics but he was looking forward to 2016.
"He managed to bring together some athletes from the high density to those from the leafy suburbs. He had passion for the sport and he is someone who was a leader and did his things in a proper way," Goredema said.
The Sport and Recreation Commission director-general, management and staff also said they had received with sadness, the news of the passing on of Takundwa, one of the pioneers of body building in this country.
"Takundwa distinguished himself as one of the finest bodybuilders ever to emerge from this country by winning the Mr Ironmen a record seven times and after retiring from competitive sport, he did not sit back, rather invested his efforts in the administration side of the sport.
George will be missed for his selfless dedication to bodybuilding and weightlifting both as an athlete and an administrator.
"On behalf of the Sport and Recreation Commission and indeed on my own behalf, I would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the Takundwa family for the sad loss of a father figure and to the body building fraternity.
We share with them the loss of a great sportsperson," said, Sports Commssion director-general Charles Nhemachena.
At the time of his death Takundwa was the president of the Weightlifters Federation of Zimbabwe.
Takundwa is survived by a wife and two children. His body lay in state at his house at Number 4 Roseen Gardens in Ashdown Park in Harare yesterday and he is expected to be buried at his rural home in Chivhu tomorrow.