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BIGGER THAN EVER MULTI

SPORTS FESTIVAL BACK AT SCC

Sports tourism remains a major draw card to South Africa.

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he Sandton Convention Centre is hosting the large and exciting, multi-faceted, Arnold Sport Festival for the third consecutive year, from 18 to 20 May, featuring over 70 sporting codes – up from 48 accommodated in the inaugural festival in 2016. Wayne Price, organiser and shareholder of the Arnold festival in South Africa with his wife, Michelle, and president of the SA Body Building Federation, says, “We have been delighted with the growing success of the Arnold festivals held at Sandton Convention Centre for the past two years – and this year we are going bigger than

ever, introducing 16 new sporting codes.” This year for the first time, the festival will extend onto Alice Lane which runs behind the Convention Centre and will be closed off for the festival weekend to accommodate various sporting activities. Included in the new codes are exciting sports such as beach tennis, ice hockey, e-sports, multiplayer video game competitions, speed cubing, and many more. The Arnold Sports Festival, which was founded in Ohio USA in 1989 under the auspices of Arnold Schwarzenegger initially as a bodybuilding competition, has expanded into a global annual event

hosted on six continents for a rapidly growing number of physical and mental sports, giving athletes the opportunity to compete in international competitions against participants from around the world. The Arnold in Africa embraces numerous sporting codes and is jampacked with contests, demonstrations, record attempts and amazing feats. This year additional contests will feature on the programme, including an art project and model search. Shaun Bird, GM of SCC, says, “Hosting this vibrant and exciting sports festival annually, is a highlight on our event calendar and a logistical challenge that we thrive on. Every single

The Arnold Sports Festival, which was founded in Ohio USA in 1989 under the auspices of Arnold Schwarzenegger initially as a bodybuilding competition, has expanded into a global annual event hosted on six continents for a rapidly growing number of physical and mental sports. Sandton Convention Centre Arnold Classic © Derek Guthrie

The Event Issue 05  

Issue 5 of the Event is brought to you by Film & Event Media. This month we explore Africa's Travel Indaba, adventure tourism, and the lates...

The Event Issue 05  

Issue 5 of the Event is brought to you by Film & Event Media. This month we explore Africa's Travel Indaba, adventure tourism, and the lates...

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