The eight clubs of Armenia’s top soccer division embarked on another championship season last weekend after a week’s delay caused by unfavorable weather conditions.
In the new Premier League season that will stretch till May 2013 following a switch to the autumn-spring model, five team representing capital Yerevan and three representing provinces will be vying for the national title in 42 rounds, playing each other six times on a home-and-away basis.
Former IBF middleweight champion and Super Six contestant Arthur Abraham (34-3, 27 KOs) won a 12-round unanimous decision over Piotr Wilczewski (30-3, 10 KOs) on Saturday night.
In the bout at the Sparkassen Arena in Kiel, Germany, the Armenia-born boxer looked more aggressive than in his recent fights, but he met some tough opposition from Wilczewski, especially in early rounds.
Ruben Hayrapetyan, the head of Armenia’s Football Federation (FFA), has explained his decision not to seek reelection to parliament by his full commitment to soccer affairs.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Hayrapetyan, who is a member of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) and currently a lawmaker in the outgoing parliament, stressed that otherwise he would not be able to focus on his primary task – to take the national team to the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.
An acrimonious row over the choice of outfit for the national soccer team – should it qualify for the Olympics – has flared up in Yerevan after the national body coordinating Olympic sports accused the soccer boss of not sticking to the rules.
Armenian Greco-Roman wrestler Artur Alexanyan beat his Lithuanian rival in the 96-kg division final at the weekend to win a gold medal at the Senior Wrestling European Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.