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Events in Sandton

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Arnold Classic Africa Sport Festival and Expo

Arnold Classic Africa Sport Festival and Expo

Arnold Classic Africa Sport Festival and Expo

From Friday, 5 May 2017 to Sunday, 7 May 2017

About The Arnold Classic South Africa Sport Festival

The Arnold Sports Festival is an annual multisport event celebrating numerous sporting codes. It is named after the legendary professional bodybuilder, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

This mother international event is a three-day affair held every March in Columbus, Ohio, featuring a bodybuilding and fitness tournament and a three-day Fitness Expo. This is a multisport and exhibition extravaganza featuring all national sport federations.

It was a momentous weekend for Schwarzenegger, as he won first place in the Mr. Universe competition in London, as well as Mr. World contest in Ohio. It was also at that time when he formed a friendship with the event organizer, Jim Lorimer.

As he thanked Lorimer for the invitation, Schwarzenegger indicated that he intended to sponsor professional tournaments after he retired from bodybuilding.

Their plan came to fruition in 1975. After winning Mr. Olympia six years in a row, Schwarzenegger retired from his sport. The following year, he and Lorimer worked together on the Mr. Olympia competition in Columbus, Ohio, and cemented an enduring partnership.

As a consequence of its popularity the event has taken on a global perspective with the successful launch in Spain, Brazil, Australia, and Asia 2016.

We feel extremely honoured to be leading the Arnold Classic Africa team to the success and delivery of THIS OUT OF THIS WORLD event, now hosted by Gauteng Province in our beautiful country of South Africa.

Arnold Classic Africa is blessed to join the Arnold Classic International worldwide vision of taking this amazing multi-sport festival and expo to every continent in the world. We thank the Gauteng Province, SASCOC and the City of Johannesburg for their generous support.

The partnership with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim and Bob Lorimer as well as all Arnold Classic partners is truly a special family that has supported us every step of the way to deliver this event to the African community. We would like to take this opportunity to encourage all who visit this event to experience true South African hospitality at its best and if there is anything the Arnold Classic Africa team can do to make your time at the event extra special - do not hesitate to contact one of the team.

My sport. My passion.

The first event was held at the SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE IN JOHANNESURG on 27 - 29 May 2016 which was a first of its kind Sport Festival in South Africa.

The Arnold Festival South Africa brought to Johannesburg Gauteng 47,000 attendees across a wide range of sporting codes, coaches, families and supporters. 10,250 athletes of which at least 50% were youth athletes.

The impact study has proven this event delivered generous revenue and brand awareness to all companies involve. 200 Exhibit stands were presented in 2016 and they enjoyed substantial sales and marketing opportunities during the weekend. The EXPO is one of the largest annual gatherings of committed fitness enthusiasts on the African continent. Making this the premier SPORT marketing event of its kind.

The event hosted amateur and professional athletes from South Africa and all over the world - granting our athletes the opportunity to compete with their international counterparts on home soil. The First year 70 countries participated.

“With one of the best climates in the world, Gauteng is a Prime destination all year round. Come summer or winter. The Gauteng Province generally experiences sunny, windless days that are the perfect springboard for showcasing the pulse of South Afirca's sporting hub.”

  • 1000 Tsogo Sun Hotel rooms adjoining the SCC
  • 5000 Hotel rooms in close proximity
  • Easy access from OR Tambo International Airport via rapid-rail Gautrain or by road
  • Unparalleled attractions on your doorstep
  • Unique retail opportunities ranging from world-class international fashion houses and specialist diamond and jewellery stores to local fashion , department stores and an abundance of African art, crafts and curious.
  • Theatre, entertainment, dining and nightlife

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