Arnold Schwarzenegger, legendary bodybuilder and one-time governor of California, was the star of the show at the launch of his Arnold Sports Festival in Sao Paulo on Friday.

The 71-year-old Hollywood star was greeted by scores of fans at the opening ceremony, during which bodybuilding athletes competed on stage.

Schwarzenegger said that this Sports Festival gives an equal opportunity to all people, and most importantly people with a handicap to "compete and to be respected."

The Arnold Sports Festival takes place in Sao Paulo from April 12 to 14.

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