23 May 2016
The inaugural Arnold Classic Africa will be packing a punch as some of the country’s top boxing talent will be showcased at the popular sports festival at Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, on 27 May.
Boxing will share the stage with 46 other sports codes during the three-day festival where six fights will be on display including three title fights that will be contested over the 10 rounds.
The tournament will be headlined by Patrick Malinga and Ashton Whiteboy for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) Pan-African interim lightweight title.
Featured attractions on Friday include bouts for the WBA Pan-African interim middle and bantam weight fights.
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19 May 2016
While thousands of amateur athletes prepare to join elite competitors from around the world at the Arnold Classic Africa, a special group of individuals are ready to play a key role at the three-day sports festival at Sandton Convention Centre between 27-29 May.
With over 10 000 athletes turning out in 47 codes, and over 30 000 people expected to attend the unique event, hundreds of people have committed to lending a crucial hand to ensure its success.
Over 1 200 applications were received for the volunteer programme at the inaugural festival, which includes indoor and outdoor activities, as well as the Health and Fitness Expo.
After applicants were screened during a two-week interview process, 817 trained volunteers are expected to turn out at training sessions over the next two weekends at Johannesburg Stadium.
The Arnold Sports Festival is an annual multisport event celebrating numerous sporting codes. It is named after the legendary professional body-builder, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
This flagship event is a four-day affair held every springtime in Columbus, Ohio, featuring a bodybuilding and fitness tournament and a three-day Fitness Expo.
This exciting event is now launched in South Africa as a multisport and exhibition extravaganza. The inaugural event will be held in Johannesburg in May of 2016.
3 May 2016
A host of global giants, including some of the world's strongest men and fittest women, will take on promising local contenders as they battle for top honours at the inaugural Arnold Classic Africa, to be held at Sandton Convention Centre between 27-29 May.
One of the most anticipated events of the health and fitness spectacle, which forms part of the worldwide Arnold Sports Festival, is the Strongman competition, and organizers have lived up to the hype by introducing a quality line-up which includes Hafbór Thor Björnsson of Iceland, who portrays 'Mountain' in the TV series Game of Thrones.
18 April 2016
Every sports fan and health and fitness enthusiast has been catered for, with a wide range of ticket options made available by organizers, as the countdown continues to the inaugural Arnold Classic Africa at Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, between 27-29 May.
General tickets, which include access to the venue, various sports competitions and the Health and Fitness Expo, range from R150 (one day) to R350 (three days) for adults, and between R20 and R50 for children aged between 7 and 12. Children under 7 will gain free entry.
Additionally, there are six separate ticket options available for standout contests and events during the three-day spectacle, which are not included in the general access pass:
11 April 2016
In addition to numerous prestigious titles being placed up for grabs at the inaugural Arnold Classic Africa, elite athletes will also compete for lucrative cash prizes at Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, between 27-29 May.
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 3 athletes are South African’s.
Competitions will be held in the men's open and women's fitness divisions, with local stars being given a rare opportunity to participate at the highest level on home soil.
6 April 2016
One of the world's most inclusive and popular sports festivals will touch down in South Africa for the first time when bodybuilding legend Arnold Schwarzenegger hosts the inaugural Arnold Classic Africa at Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, between 27-29 May.
The African event, held in partnership with the Gauteng provincial government and the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), will form the latest leg of the Arnold Sports Festival, adding to established spectacles in the United States, Australia, Europe, and South America.
Hosting professional and amateur athletes from across South Africa and around the world, half of whom are expected to be youths, the three-day festival will involve 47 sports and events.
The inaugural event to be held at the SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE IN JOHANNESBURG promises a Sport Festival like no other in South Africa.
The Arnold Festival South Africa will bring to Johannesburg an expected 30,000 attendees across a wide range of sporting codes, coaches, families and supporters, 10,000 athletes of which at least 5,000 are expected to be youth athletes.
“with one of the best climates in the world, Gauteng is a prime destination all year round. Come summer or winter. The province generally experiences sunny, windless days that are the perfect springboard for showcasing the pulse of South Africa’s sporting hub.”