Jozi hosts Arnold clas­sic africa games

Inner City Gazette - - News - By Staff Re­porter [email protected]­ner-city-gazette.co.za

The third an­niver­sary of the Arnold Clas­sic Africa was held re­cently in Jo­han­nes­burg, and in over the past 2 years it has reached more than 22 000 ath­letes.

It is recog­nised in more than 6 coun­tries in­clud­ing South Africa and at­tracted more than 100 ex­hibitors in­clud­ing the City of Jo­han­nes­burg, Jo­han­nes­burg City Parks and Zoo and Gaut­eng Tourism Author­ity amongst oth­ers.

Many sport­ing codes amal­ga­mated into one epic event as Jo­han­nes­burg was in­spired, thrilled and en­er­gised by the Arnold Clas­sic Africa 2018 at the Sand­ton Con­ven­tion Cen­tre from 18 – 20 May 2018. The multi-sport event, con­ceived by famed body­builder turned movie star and politi­cian Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger show­cases an in­creas­ing num­ber of phys­i­cal and men­tal sports, as well as the arts and lo­cal tal­ent across a range of dis­ci­plines through demon­stra­tions, con­tests, record at­tempts and sports celebri­ties.

Gaut­eng Sport, Arts, Cul­ture and Recre­ation MEC Faith Maz­ibuko spoke about the po­ten­tial for tourism de­vel­op­ment in part­ner­ing with the Arnold Clas­sic. “This spec- tacle con­trib­utes greatly to eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, this year we are cel­e­brat­ing the Nel­son Man­dela cen­te­nary and are look­ing to even in­spire our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in Jo­han­nes­burg as well.

“Every­one wants to de­velop them­selves in Gaut­eng and sport in par­tic­u­lar, not only builds bridges, but na­tions as well.” In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Body­build­ing and Fit­ness (IFBB) pres­i­dent and for­mer body­builder him­self Dr Rafael San­tonja spoke highly about the value of sport.

“We have got dif­fer­ent ath­letes, from dif­fer­ent na­tions, cul­tures and back­grounds – but what unites us all is a pas­sion for sport and re­spect for one another. We are also mov­ing in leaps and bounds in terms of gen­der equal­ity as more than 50 of ath­letes are fe­male.”

What re­ally made this year unique was the in­tro­duc­tion of un­der­wa­ter hockey, which is a new di­men­sion and fast gain­ing promi­nence, where 90 coun­tries were rep­re­sented in­clud­ing Aus­tralia, Brazil, Hong Kong, Spain and South Africa.

Direc­tor of Arnold Clas­sic Africa Wayne Price said: “This plat­form is a true bless­ing to us and we know our fu­ture cham­pi­ons are go­ing to come out of this – we sit here with a pool of tal­ent and all we need to do is un­leash it.”

Young Box­ers bat­tle for hon­ours at the Arnold Clas­sic AF box­ing event.

MEC Faith Maz­ibuko opens the Arnold Clas­sic AF me­dia launch at the Sand­ton Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

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