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Ritova flexes his muscles

Arin Kumar
Saturday, April 05, 2014

FORMER Mr Suva, Qali Ritova, has set his sights on winning the Buksh Classic title this afternoon.

The title in the over 90kg heavyweight category is held by Inoke Ligairi.

Ritova impressed during weigh-in and pre-judging last night and will feature in the finals today at the YMCA gym in Suva.

Hailing from Vatukaloko in Ra, the 30-year-old has been competing since 2008 and has emerged in the top three in numerous competitions since.

However, he dropped in form last year and failed to make the finals.

"But I made a lot of sacrifices and continued training and have slowly picked up form," Ritova said.

"I am about to hit peak form and I can give the defending champions from last year a good run for their money."

Ritova said he had spent a lot of money on supplements and food for the right diet to get his body back in the right proportions. "The sport requires a lot of money to buy the right supplement and right food for building muscles.

"Also, when building muscles for this sport, you must make sure your muscles are in the right proportions and not out of shape and that requires you to spend a lot of time in the gym and I had to spend a lot on gym fees as well."

Ritova said he respected his opponents and expected a tough performance from the younger competitors.

"I have trained current Mr Fiji Lenitasi Biliwaqa and current junior champion Jekesoni Yanuyanudua.

"I know they will perform well in their categories and in my category, Ligairi will be tough opponent."

Competition begins today at 2pm.

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