More than 6,200 Armenian athletes from 36 countries of the world will have another opportunity to compete with each other in different sports in August when Armenia is due to host the sixth Pan-Armenian Games – an event held once every four years.
Eight pairs of athletes lay writhing on a blue and red mat, intertwined in a contorted embrace. The air was quiet except for the occasional gasp as the Greco-Roman wrestlers struggled to pin their sparring partners’ shoulders to the ground.
In a gym in Yerevan’s outskirts, the athletes are training for the upcoming Olympics. Among these is Yuri Patrikeev, a bronze medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, who will participate in the men’s 120-kg category in London this summer.
Gyumri’s Shirak are looking to qualify to the next round of the 2012-2013 Europa League, the second most prestigious club-level tournament organized by the UEFA, when they host a Montenegrin side, Rudar, later this week.
Armenian athletes winning gold medals in the upcoming Olympic Games in London will be rewarded with $700,000 by Gagik Tsarukyan, an influential businessman and politician who also heads the National Olympic Committee of Armenia (NOCA).
The national soccer team of Italy, which is a rival of Armenia in Group B of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying tournament commencing in autumn, has reached the final of the European championships in Poland/Ukraine after stunning Germany in a dramatic semifinal on Thursday.
Armenia head coach Vardan Minasyan says he has been able to study all “strong and weak” points of the nation’s rivals in Group B of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying tournament that commences in September after returning from Poland, a Euro-2012 co-host nation.
Grandmaster David Arutinian representing Georgia scored 7.5 points out of 9 to take the first prize among 57 participants at the 5th Karen Asrian Memorial that was held in the Armenian resort town of Jermuk, Armenia.
A leading Russian sport newspaper has recognized Armenia and Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan as the top soccer player in the entire former Soviet space in May.
The Sport-Express newspaper said its polls among readers and journalists in the 15 former Soviet republics showed the 23-year-old Armenian outdoing even Russia and Zenit St. Petersburg forward Alexander Kerzhakov, who was admittedly in great form ahead of the Euro 2012 finals.