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.





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Live streaming 2016 over 200 000 views & over

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volunteers was part of the 2016 event

Free floor space given to sport in square meter