A man in South Africa attacked Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was at an event to judge a skipping competition during the annual Arnold Sports Festival.
Schwarzenegger confirmed that he was all right and would not be pressing charges against the attacker. He said, “I hope this was a wake-up call, and he gets his life on the right track.”
Organized in between May 17-19 in South Africa, Arnold Sports Festival has been the largest multi-sports festival, which included varied events of professional bodybuilding, sports related to strength, health and fitness expo, and youth events.
Sandton Convention Center, Country Club Johannesburg, Northcliff Bowl and Crawford College were the four selected venues for Arnold Sports Festival Africa 2019. The sports scheduled for these places were Trade Expo, Golf Classic, Ten Pin Bowling, and sporting codes respectively.
The Sporting Codes scheduled in the Crawford College during the weekend included Aerobics Marathon, Archery Touch, Arts Festival, Baseball 5, Basketball and many more. Though the participants had free access to the place, viewers were required to pay an entry fee. As per the arrangements, free bus transport service was available in between the venues for the ones wearing the wristbands.
The video of Schwarzenegger being kicked in the back, while he was meeting with his fans in Sandton, Johannesburg, during the Arnold Sports Festival on Saturday went viral. It displayed that the kick pushed the 71-year-old forward, although he managed not to fall on the ground. The security guards instantly seized the attacker.
Schwarzenegger said he would not have known about the kick until he saw the video. He said, “I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot. I only realized I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you. I’m just glad the idiot didn’t interrupt my Snapchat.”
The former actor’s fans have criticized this abrupt act as they raised concerns about his safety. They believed that the act was a desperate attempt by an individual to get fame.
The Terminator star urged his fans not to share the video or rather share the blurred version so that the like groups do not idealize the bad motives behind the act. Moving on with the incident, he said that he would rather focus on the participants than the abuser.
“We have 90 sports here in South Africa at the @ArnoldSports, and 24,000 athletes of all ages and abilities inspiring all of us to get off the couch. Let’s put this spotlight on them,” he said.
Following the incident at the Arnold Sports Festival, it seems that the former Californian Governor wants to avoid such incidents in future. Thereby, he clearly expressed his intention of not charging the attacker as it would have only led to his greater publicity, eventually giving him the fame he desired.