Chivhu — ZIMBABWE National Bodybuilding and Weightlifting Association president, George Takundwa Nyawo was laid to rest at his Guvakuva home in Chivhu yesterday. The decorated bodybuilder succumbed to hypertension at Parirenyatwa hospital on Sunday.
The burial was attended by hundreds of mourners who included sports personalities from different disciplines.
Speaker after speaker lauded the seven-time Mr. Iron Man winner as an astute administrator whose professional guidance will be greatly missed.
Zimbabwe Olympic Committee Sports for All commission chairperson, Lovemore Malianga said the passing on of Takundwa had taken ZOC's programmes aback.
"A week before he passed on, our president Admire Masenda had assigned me to go and talk to him on how best we could improve the fortunes of the sport.
"The president sent me to George because he knew perfectly well that there was nobody else who could do the job better than George.
"But as I was planning to go and see him, I learnt of his untimely death," said Malianga who is also the president of Zimbabwe Amateur Boxing Association.
Six-time Mr. Zimbabwe, Innocent Choga, who was groomed by the late, wished his mentor a peaceful rest and said his generation of weightlifters had learnt a lot from the late Takundwa.
"I started working with him when I was about 16 and besides the obvious techniques of the sport he imparted to us, he would always underline the importance of desisting from violence.
"I owe my success to George and I wish the younger generation of weightlifters could take a leaf from his book," said the legendary weightlifter.
Richard Chigwere, Assistant Director Health Services (Administration) of the Harare City Council, who worked with the late Takundwa, described the multiple award-winning weightlifter as a dedicated employee.
"George joined the City Council in 1973 and rose through the ranks to the position of Administrative Assistant responsible for stores.
"His rise was largely due to his humility and dedication to duty, which is a rare attribute amongst many of us here.
"As the Health Service department, we have been robbed of a dedicated servant. To George we say rest in peace," said Chigwere.
Family spokesperson and brother to the late Takundwa, Benam Nyawo said the family had lost a father figure.
"While they mourn they are cognisant of the fact that they will forever be indebted to the late George.
"He was the head of the family since he was the eldest brother and we always looked up to him for guidance in everything he did.
"He was the sort of a person who would never settle for second best and you can all see through these accolades he won," said Nyawo referring to more than 30 titles won by Takundwa.
The late Takundwa is survived by three children and 5 grandchildren.