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Schwarzenegger Pledges To Keep Festival In Columbus

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Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has pledged  to keep his namesake sports festival in Ohio's capital city as he helped rededicate a statue of his likeness in front of a downtown convention center.  

The actor said he has had requests to take his multi-day event elsewhere. But, Schwarzenegger said, "It has been here, it is here and it always will be here in Columbus, Ohio."  Schwarzenegger was joined by Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, who says the rededication of the statue is testament to Schwarzenegger's friendship with Columbus.  Launched in 1989 as a one-day competition for professional body builders, the festival now draws 175-thousand people and features archery, fencing, table tennis and gymnastics, as well as bodybuilding. 
 

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