Jozi hosts Arnold classic africa games
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.