A recent video was uploaded that shows Arnold Schwarzenegger being hit from behind with a flying kick to the back. Likely due to Schwarzenegger's celebrity status, it quickly went viral.
He wanted people to focus on the reason that he was in South Africa in the first place: the fourth annual Arnold Classic Africa competition.
The Arnold Classic Africa is a gathering of over 24,000 athletes of all ages and abilities participating in various and athletic events.
Schwarzenegger said he appreciated everyone's concern, and he was not significantly injured by the attack.
Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about. I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which hap… https://t.co/XhLJ1Qyjq6— Arnold (@Arnold)1558192702.0
Instead, he highlighted one of the athletes competing, a young para archer.
Do me a favor: instead of sharing the video of the guy who wants to be famous, watch some of our @ArnoldSports athl… https://t.co/AE0EY2YsxS— Arnold (@Arnold)1558199706.0
There are no shortage of other determined athletes who competed at the event to focus on.
We have 90 sports here in South Africa at the @ArnoldSports, and 24,000 athletes of all ages and abilities inspirin… https://t.co/Bnz7jDuR7y— Arnold (@Arnold)1558199795.0
Looking forward to visiting a lot more great athletes today at @arnoldsports Africa. Starting with karate, naturall… https://t.co/AsZrYpbtFn— Arnold (@Arnold)1558255457.0
In addition, he said that if you do still feel the need to share the video, share a blurry one.
People were still pretty impressed by Schwarzenegger's ability to take a kick, and his attitude about the whole situation, though.
@Schwarzenegger holy shit dude, i hope i can take dropkicks that we'll when im your age. absolute legend.— Prince_Of_Fish (@Prince_Of_Fish)1558344981.0
@Schwarzenegger You are my hero. Thanks for being generous and gracious too.— Graciela Bielma (@Graciela Bielma)1558324385.0
@Schwarzenegger Pretty bloody good to get drop kicked in the back and still be standing especially when you don't k… https://t.co/0XOT1a4ACH— Klondike (@Klondike)1558275759.0
Schwarzenegger's message is clear: Don't focus on the person trying to disrupt the event, focus on the amazing athletes there to compete and show off their skills.
The Arnold Sports Festival promotes physical activity and fitness throughout the world, and has regular competitions for those athletes wanting to compete. There are prizes for some of the events, but promoting general fitness is a big theme.
The Arnold Classic Africa competition is only one of several throughout the world. There are also Classic events in Australia, Spain, Brazil, and Hong Kong.
If you think you might be interested in attending or competing in one of these competitions, you can find more information on the Arnold Sports Festival website.