2018 Arnold Sports Festival Africa Press Conference

WATCH: 2018 Arnold Sports Festival Africa Press Conference.

The 2018 Arnold Sports Festival Africa is taking place this weekend.

We start with the Press Conference that signals the start of an exciting weekend.

Apanel fielding questions featured MEC for Sport for Gauteng Faith Mazibuko, President of Classic Productions and the son of the co-founder of the Arnold Classic Bob Lorimer, Arnold Classic Africa Director Wayne Price, SASCOC President Gideon Sam and International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness President Rafael Santonja.

A disappointed Arnold Schwarzenegger, who wasn’t able to attend the event in person for health reasons, extended his congratulations via video to the Arnold Classic Africa organisers and supporting dignitaries. He acknowledged the tremendous growth of the event which this year features approximately 100 000 delegates and more than 18 000 competitors. Wayne Price added how, in only its third year, the event has grown substantially to embrace more aspects of art and culture and a higher emphasis on development level sport through the Alexandra Youth Festival. A notable achievement is that more than 90 countries are represented through their athletes.

It was acknowledged that the event is a success story not only due to its intent of promoting sport, healthy competition and family – and specifically youth – involvement in a healthy lifestyle, but the fact that the immense national and international support has a positive effect on the Gauteng Province through hotel and car rental bookings and tourism support in general.

We would like to congratulate Wayne Price and his team for organizing another great event!!