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Schwarzenegger invited to London Olympics

world Updated: Sep 22, 2009 17:53 IST

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Actor-turned-California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been invited to the London 2012 Olympics as a special guest.

The Terminator star has been asked to return to east London to see how the area has transformed since he lived and trained there as a bodybuilder in the 1960s, Femalefirst reported.

Robin Wales, the mayor of Newham, has written to the politician, requesting his presence at his former gym in the London borough.

"The reason why I would like you to be in our company is that the vast majority of the Games, some 60 per cent, will be held within Newham - much of it within walking distance of your former training ground in Forest Gate," Wales said.

"You have been an inspiration to weightlifters and sports people since you started winning titles during the 1970s, and have capitalised on your appeal by moving onto acting. We hope he'll be back to rekindle the bond," he added.