The 20th Annual Arnold Classic Armwrestling Challenge will who among the world’s top arm sports athletes has the most “pull” during the Arnold Sports Festival. Each year the titans of arm sports gather inside the Greater Columbus Convention Center on the Arnold EXPO Stage for two days of armwrestling action.

The preliminary round is Friday, March 3 from 9:30-11 a.m. and the final round will Saturday, March 4, from 9-10 a.m.

“Armwrestling has been on the rise in the US with the popularity of the AMC show Game of Arms,” said Denise Wattles, event co-director. “Craig Tullier of Louisiana and Gary Kessler of New York are stars from the show that will compete.”

“The Arnold is the premiere arm sport event in the world,” said Fairfax Hackley, event co-director. “The top athletes from Canada, Kazakhstan, Poland, Russia, South Korea, United States and Uzbekistan will compete.”

“Of the nearly 200 qualified competitors many are returning champions and world champions,” said Leonard Harkless, event co-director.  Returning Champions include: Tamara Mitts and Joyce King of Canada, Vazgen Soghoyan of USA.  Klimenko Anton and Malikov Rustam from Kazakhstan are both world champions.

All competitors had to qualify by winning a national or world level event.