Interfax-Ukraine, Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine, Thursday, Mar 25 2004
ZAPORIZHZHYA, Ukraine - California Governor and actor Arnold
Schwarzenegger may visit Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine, in spring 2005, Ruslan
Zhabotinsky, son of athlete Leonid Zhabotinsky and head of the charity
foundation named after his father, said at a press conference in
He said the visit would be timed to coincide with an international
tournament of weight lifters. The American actor and politician will visit
Zaporizhzhya at the invitation of an old friend of his, Olympic and world
champion Leonid Zhabotinsky. Schwarzenegger says Zhabotinsky is his only
idol, and their meeting in the 1960s changed his entire life.
Leonid Zhabotinsky is visiting the United States as a guest of honor at the
Arnold Classic international tournament. Ruslan Zhabotinsky said
Schwarzenegger had gladly accepted the invitation to visit Zaporizhzhya and
attend the international tournament, in which leading athletes from ten
countries will take part.
Zhabotinsky has lived in Zaporizhzhya for a long time and regards it as his
hometown. He quit professional sports in the middle of the 1970s, after
becoming Olympic weight lifting champion in 1964 (Tokyo) and 1968 (Mexico
City), four-time world champion, two-time European champion, eight-time
champion of the Soviet Union and a holder of 19 world records.
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