COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Arnold Sports Festival will hold multi-sport festivals on six continents in 2017, including the Arnold Classic South America in São Paulo, Brasil for the first time.

The Arnold Sports Festival USA will be held in Columbus, Ohio in March, followed by events in Melbourne, Australia; São Paulo, Brasil; Johannesburg, South Africa; Hong Kong and Barcelona, Spain.

All events will feature professional bodybuilding and related IFBB Pro League contests, amateur bodybuilding, strength and combat sports, a large health and fitness expo and youth events that vary from continent to continent.

“The Arnold Classic Worldwide brand is now the largest series of multi-sport festivals in the world and we look forward to making each of our Arnold Classic weekends better than our previous best,” said James J. Lorimer, CEO of Classic Productions, Inc., who co-founded the Arnold Classic in Columbus with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1989.

“I look forward to continuing my worldwide fitness crusade in 2017 as we again travel to all six continents to promote the Arnold Classic multi-sports festival – the largest multi-sports festival in the world,” Schwarzenegger said.

2017 Arnold Classic Worldwide schedule:

Arnold Sports Festival USA, Columbus, Ohio, March 2-5, 2017

Arnold Classic Australia, Melbourne, March 17-19, 2017

Arnold Classic South America, São Paulo, Brasil, April 21-23, 2017

Arnold Classic Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, May 5-7, 2017

Arnold Classic Asia, Hong Kong, August 18-20, 2017

Arnold Classic Europe, Barcelona, Spain, September 22-24, 2017

The 2017 Arnold Sports Festival USA will feature more than 18,000 athletes from 80 nations competing in more than 70 sports and events, including IFBB Pro League events in men’s open bodybuilding, men’s 212, men’s physique, fitness, figure, bikini, women’s physique and pro wheelchair. The Arnold Amateur IFBB/NPC Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Bikini & Physique Championships will return for an 11th year, with more than 700 athletes from 80 nations.

The Arnold Classic South America will be held São Paulo, Brasil for the first time after being staged annually in Rio de Janeiro since 2013. The move will allow the event to expand even larger by moving into the Transamerica Expo Center in São Paulo.

Arnold Classic Europe will be held in Barcelona again in 2017 after being held in Madrid from 2011- Arnold Classic Africa and Arnold Classic Asia will each be staged for the second time in 2017 after successful debut events in 2016.

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