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article imageArnold Fighters: Arnie's Madrid fight club hit by safety concerns

By Anne Sewell     Sep 24, 2013 in Sports
Madrid - In a video promoting the event, Arnold Swartzenegger promises that "he will be there" at the martial arts extravaganza planned in Madrid from October 11th to 13th. However, there may be problems as the event hasn't met minimum safety requirements.
"Arnold Fighters" is billed as a mixed martial arts extravaganza, featuring everything from boxing to Brazilian Jujutsu, and even the great Arnold Swartzenegger himself.
However. Spain's sports authorities are saying that the organizers haven't met the minimum safety requirements for such an event.
The show is set to start in the Madrid Arena and travel to other venues between October 11th and 13th, and advertises itself as "the worlds biggest and toughest sporting event."
Arnold Fighters - produced by Arnold Swartzenegger.
Arnold Fighters - produced by Arnold Swartzenegger.
Trouble is, as Spain's El Mundo newspaper reports in Spanish, the event is apparently being held illegally.
Even though Madrid's Town Hall gave the go-ahead for the event, the organizers aren't following Spanish sports rules governing organized fights, according to officials.
The technical director of Spain's Combat Sports Federation Francisco Iglesias, told El Mundo that the rules, set out by the National Sports Council of Spain, cover everything from "an obligatory medical team, trained referees and minimum security requirements for participants."
Iglesias told the newspaper, "If the event is under the umbrella of another organization it will not be approved by the Sports Council. "
"What the City [of Madrid] cannot do is promote the sport federation and the law, while allowing and encouraging events that jump that same law. If the promoters do not meet the provisions of the law, they will be committing an illegal act."
This bears particular weight in view of the fact that one of the venues is the Madrid Arena, where. as reported in Digital Journal 3 teenagers were crushed to death and 2 seriously injured in November 2012 after the organizers of a mass Halloween party sold too many tickets to the festival.
However, according to the company behind Arnold Fighters, Dreams Theater, they are a "huge event at a global level" and "don't need to meet Spanish federation rules".
They say, "We are not required to meet Spanish federation law if we have international protection, and we have it."
The company said in a statement on its website: "In the US we employ more people, for example, than the Olympic games in Atlanta."
They continued that the Spanish federation "are going after us because they are jealous that we create so much employment and wealth."
However, Spanish sports official Iglesias responded, "If there is an accident, we'll have to wait and see who is responsible."
In the video above, Swartzenegger promotes the event.
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