Liberia’s strongest-man, Thomas Benjamin alias “No Fear” is expected to compete with world stars in the upcoming Arnold Schwarzenegger Strongman event.
Interestingly, No Fear who won the 2022 Liberia Strongman championship in December will be the 1st Liberian to ever compete in the Arnold Schwarzenegger Strongman event by Strongman Corporation.
However, the Arnold Strongman Classic is an annual competition featuring strength athletes from all over the world to determine the Strongest Man in the World.
Furthermore, Created by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Lorimer and Terry Todd, it is an offshoot of the Arnold Sports Festival which takes place annually in Columbus, Ohio, USA. Additionally, the competition that involves several strength categories will take place from March 2-5 2023.
Howbeit, Benjamin participation in the competition was made possible after the founder of the Liberia Strongman competition, Junda Morris who convinces the Arnold Schwarzenegger strong man event to give the West African nation the opportunity to showcase its champions to the world.
Madam Morris in an interview with FrontPage Africa stated that having Liberia compete in such international competition is great for the sports and an opportunity to opens doors for the Liberian Fitness Industry.
She explained that it is the first time for Liberian champions to compete at such level but was quick to mention that there will be some challenges for him because Liberia does have the kind of equipment in country as well as support on proper diet for him to compete but expressed her optimistic that No Fear will make an impact at the event.
When asked how Liberia got invited to such competition, Morris added, “I introduced Liberia Strongman Federation to Strongman Corporation as a way to give opportunity to Liberian athletes to further their careers in the sport.”
“We are hoping that No Fear competes at a high level. We will also use this opportunity to network with various counties competing with networking with international fitness brands, and No Fear will participate in the 231 Max Kg Category.
“This is an amateur elite event. In International Strongman if you are not a pro and have pro card you don’t compete for cash. You get Medals. We are fighting for him to earn his Pro Card, and then he will be considered top in the World. This way he will get paid to attend events and now can compete for the cash prize Iron Baby and the rest.
“If Liberians start to support the sports we can have Liberia as the leader in Africa Strongman. We will be able to see athletes compete in the Olympics and around the world.” The Passionate Junda Morris told our sports desk,” she said.
Meanwhile, Madam Morris is at the same time calling on all well-meaning Liberians including philanthropists to financially support No Fear during the time of the competition, adding, “We need about US$15,000 to run a successful event, which will be able to give prizes, pay media, promotions, buy belt, Medals and trophies, pay staff among others.”
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