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Inaugural Arnold Classic Africa Multi Sport and Expo Festival

1 June 2016 No Comment

A host of global giants, including some of the world’s strongest men and fittest women, will take on local contenders as they battle for top honours at the inaugural Arnold Classic Africa, to be held at Sandton Convention Centre from 27 to 29 May 2016.
In one of the most anticipated contests of the festival, hosted by seven-time Mr Olympia Arnold Schwarzenegger, some of the world’s top bodybuilders will turn out in a pro contest with a total prize purse of R1.5 million on the line, of which three athletes are South Africans.
The Strongman competition has a quality line-up which includes Hafbór Thor Björnsson of Iceland, who portrays ‘Mountain’ in the TV series Game of Thrones.
A number of other global powerhouse athletes are set to turn out with their eyes firmly set on the lucrative R800 000 Strongman prize purse.
American Brian Shaw, the reigning World’s Strongest Man champion, will spearhead the line-up of title contenders’ showcase their strength by lifting cars, pulling trucks and flipping tyres, among other challenges.
The local contingent will be led by Marc van der Haer and Frankie Scheun.
In the women’s fitness division Caroly Erasmus will represent South Africa at the highest level.
An amateur bodybuilding competition will also be held with participants from several international countries.
The beach volleyball contest, a social five-a-side tournament, will be held between mixed teams.
The nation’s top 30 billiard players in the domestic Premier League, as well as the First and Second divisions, will go head to head in a knockout format.
Blackball Premier League titleholder Charl Jonck will spearhead the line-up with his strongest challenges expected to be Aiden Joseph, the national champion, World Blackball Championship silver medalist Paul Bennett, reigning BPL Premier League champion Yulan Govender and All Africa Blackball singles title holder Ishmael Mathethwa.
Everyday recreational sport will never be the same again especially in Gauteng.
“Gauteng is ready for the games and ready to welcome the world,” says Gauteng MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and recreation Faith Mazibuko.
Held in partnership with the Gauteng provincial government and the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc), the festival will host over 10 000 athletes in 47 sports and events and also includes a three-day Health and Fitness Expo.
Tickets are available from ticketpro.
For more information on the Arnold Classic Africa visit www.arnoldclassicafrica.com.

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