THE FIRST ARNOLD CLASSIC ASIA WAS A HUGE SUCESS
Thousands of Hong Kong families and sports enthusiasts celebrated sport at the inaugural Multi-Sport Festival with Arnold Schwarzenegger
The inaugural Arnold Classic Asia brought Hong Kong families and sports enthusiasts together under one roof, to celebrate sport with Arnold Schwarzenegger
(Hong Kong, 9 September 2016) The inaugural Arnold Classic Asia involved over 20,000 participants in festival activities bringing Hong Kong families and sports enthusiasts together under one roof, to celebrate sport with Arnold Schwarzenegger, co-founder of Arnold Classic.
“You like gymnastics,” Schwarzenegger said. “I like bodybuilding. But your exercise is as important as my exercise is. We want to celebrate and bring everyone together.”
“The city saw many firsts during the festival,” said Richard Petty, Chairman of Arnold Classic Asia, a businessman who brought the festival to Hong Kong. “We were very happy to see athletes and the local community come together under one roof. Apart from the first Arnold Classic Asia Multi- Sport Festival, sports lovers also experienced Hong Kong’s first International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Pro Show which showcased professional bodybuilding, strongman world record attempts and women’s pro fitness – a combination of gymnastics, acrobatics, dance and plyometrics with elegance and grace.”
The IFBB Pro Show brought the world’s top athletes from all over the globe to Hong Kong including bodybuilders and strongmen from the U.S, France, Hungary, Austria, Germany and Lithuania. Justin Compton from the U.Swas crowned the first Arnold Classic Asia Pro Bodybuilding champion and the winner of the IFBB Pro Women’s Fitness event was Tanji Johnson, also from the U.S, who has won the Arnold Classic title 10 previously.
VytautasLalas from Lithuania followed the footsteps of protégé and fellow Lithuanian Zydrunas Savickas, “Big Z”, and took home gold in the Strongman finals. “Big Z” was a previous unbeaten champion and holds the record for 4x World’s Strongest Man, 8x Arnold Classic Strongman World Champion and a multiple world record holder for the log lift.
Hong Kong’s strongman gym Ursus had a successful day of amateur competitions with mixed teams of male and female competitors who attempted feats of incredible strength and endurance.
Co-owner of Ursus and an amateur strong- woman Santina Philips said the festival has helped to promote the sport, especially for women, “Almost half of our amateur strongman competitors have been women, proving that the sport isn’t male dominated and women can be just as strong as men. We’ve had really positive response from people who came to watch the competitions and a lot of interest from those who are curious about trying our strongman classes at the gym.”
Hong Kong Jump Rope Open Championship was held at the Festival for the first time this year. The international championship showcased world-class level sport with athletes from 10 countries including USA, China, Singapore and Malaysia. Chairman of the Hong Kong Rope Skipping Federation, York Leung Kin Cheung said “It was great to have the opportunity to hold our Jump Rope Open Championship at Arnold Classic Asia this year. The crowd was very enthusiastic cheering the competitors on – the atmosphere was electric. It was a great chance for us to bring the sport to a wider audience.”
A supporter of Operation Breakthrough Hong Kong, Arnold Classic Asia also believes in the use of sport as a means to help, rehabilitate and positively reinforce young people from disadvantaged backgrounds or families. Operation Breakthrough’s motto is “sport can change lives”, which is exactly what Arnold Classic Asia represents.
“Now, everybody knows Arnold is here and every year Arnold comes back and we do it again,” Petty said.
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Arnold Classic Asia Multi-Sport Festival Sponsors and Presenters:
The Arnold Classic Asia Multi-Sport Festival is proud to have Alisports, Swisse, PwC, and GreatTown as Platinum Partners; CPA Australia and Investorlink Group as Gold Sponsors; BC Shop and Reebok CrossFit Asphodel as Silver Sponsors; EPIC MMA & Fitness as Gym Partner, and Gatorade as Drink Partner. Supporting organisations include Wofoo Social Enterprises Limited & Waratah Group.
Arnold Classic Asia Multi-Sport Festival supporting sports organisations:
Aerial Arts Academy; EPIC MMA & Fitness; Hong Kong Chess Federation; Hong Kong Fencing Association; Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled; Hong Kong Rope Skipping Federation, China; Hong Kong Rubik’s Cube Union; Hong Kong Rugby Union; Hong Kong Table Tennis Association; Hong Kong Wheelchair Dance Sport Association; Hong Kong, China Rowing Association; IFBB; International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF); Street Workout Hong Kong; Super Armwrestling League (SAL); The Cycling Association of Hong Kong, China; The Judo Association of Hong Kong, China; World Jump Rope Federation; Kalisbrotherhood of Hong Kong.
About Arnold Classic Asia Multi-Sport Festival
The world’s largest annual multi-sport festival is now in Asia, with the inaugural Arnold Classic Asia having been held in Hong Kong on 19-21 August 2016. An initiative of Arnold Schwarzenegger, it is a celebration of sports, fitness and health that brings professionals, amateurs and enthusiasts together in an atmosphere of competition, learning and sharing. It’s a festival for the whole family to participate in.
Arnold Classic Asia Multi-Sport Festival saw global and local sports stars come together over one weekend. The debut festival featured unique, non-stop sports competitions and interactive workshops from over 20 sports. From mind sports such as chess and Rubik’s Cube, to table tennis, skip rope, rugby, arm-wrestling, weight lifting, cycling, yoga, rowing, martial arts such as tai chi, judo, krav maga and more.
The Multi-Sport Festival is brought to Hong Kong by businessman Richard Petty, Chairman of Arnold Classic Asia. “Hong Kong’s community comes together in a positive way for a lot of things, but this will be the first festival of sport in the region that brings families, friends and brands together at one time. Arnold Classic Asia Multi-Sport Festival will be a place for entertainment, education, inspiration and participation. Bringing this global festival to Hong Kong unites people with something for everyone,” comments Professor Petty.
Sports represented at the inaugural Arnold Classic Asia
Arm-wrestling, chess, cirque training, CrossFit, cycling, dance sport (Hong Kong wheelchair dance sport), fencing, judo, jump rope, IFBB bodybuilding, IFBB fitness, kali, krav maga, pole fitness, powerlifting, rowing, rugby, rubik’s cube, strongman, street workout, table tennis, weightlifting, yoga, and more.
Arnold Classic Asia Multi-Sport Festival Sports Advisory Board
Arnold Classic Asia has developed a multi-sport program with a number of national sports associations under the guidance of Mr. Herman Hu (Chairman) and the esteemed Arnold Classic Asia Multi-Sport Festival Sports Advisory Board.
Mr. Herman Shao-ming HU 胡曉明先生, BBS, JP
Chairman, Ryoden Development Limited
Vice-President, Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China
- Mr. Kenny CHOW 周冠華先生, Council Chairman, The University Sports Federation of Hong Kong, China
- Prof. CHUNG Pak Kwong 鍾伯光教授, Head and Professor, Department of Physical Education, Hong Kong Baptist
University and Chairman, Executive Committee, Physical Fitness Association of Hong Kong, China
- Mrs. Jenny FUNG 馮馬潔嫻女士, BBS, JP, President, Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the
- Mr. MA Fung-kwok 馬逢國先生, SBS, JP, Legislative Council Member of the HKSAR of the People Republic of China, and Functional Constituency – Sports, Performing Arts, Culture and Publication.
• Mr. PUI Kwan Kay 貝鈞奇先生, BBS, MH, Vice-President, Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China.
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