Armenians participating in the FIDE Women’s World Chess Team Championships in Mardin, Turkey, lost to China 0-4 in the third round of play on Wednesday – their second defeat in a row at the current tournament.
A survey conducted among leading sports journalists of Armenia has named Armenian Greco-Roman wrestler Roman Amoyan the nation’s best athlete of the year. Armenia’s chess team was selected as the best Armenian team of 2011.
Despite the lack of success by Team Armenia at the 2011 World Weightlifting Championship, the sport’s national federation still considers the season as fairly successful, saying that a total of 55 medals (17 gold, 13 silver and 25 bronze medals) have been won by Armenian weightlifters competing at different level in international tournaments.
Armenia national team playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been recognized as the best soccer player in Armenia in 2011 – for the second time in his career.
The 22-year-old midfielder who plays for Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) received the prize, the Golden Shoe, from Armenian Football Federation (FFA) head Ruben Hayrapetyan at a national team tribute party on Thursday evening, the FFA said. Mkhitaryan was also voted as the nation’s best player in 2009.
Armenian national team midfielder Henrik Mkhitaryan has donated TVs, washing machines and refrigerators to 15 families of war veterans in Karabakh as part of his second charity visit to the republic on Wednesday.
Grandmaster Levon Aronian played a draw with David Howell from Great Britain in the penultimate round of play at the nine-man Chess Classic in London on Sunday. The result left the top Armenian player out of competition for one of the top spots at the tournament.
Mike Danielian, who starred in the basketball tournament at the latest Pan-Armenian games in Yerevan earlier this year, is set to begin his professional career soon after signing a contract with a German team.