Exhibition on Contribution of Armenian Athletes in Ottoman Empire Opens

Guests attend the opening of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute's latest exhibit (Source: Armenpress)
Guests attend the opening of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute's latest exhibit (Source: Armenpress)

Guests attend the opening of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute’s latest exhibit (Source: Armenpress)

YEREVAN (ARMENPRESS)—The temporary exhibition “Armenian Sport and Gymnastics in the Ottoman Empire” opened at the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in Yerevan on Tuesday, and will be on display till October 1.

The exhibition, which includes exceptional materials and photos., consists of 12 titles on Armenian gymnastic and other sporting activities between 1900-1923 in the Ottoman Empire.

The opening of the temporary exhibition was attended by Gabriel Ghazarian, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Armenia, and Smbat Lputian, founding president of the Chess Academy of Armenia, as well as many others.

Ghazarian thanked the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute director, Hayk Demoyan, for his work on the exhibit.

“If we make a historical review and go back, we will see that the Armenians have always kept high the honor of the Armenian sport even in the times of the Armenian kings Trdat and Varazdat when they became Olympic champions. In reference to the book and the exhibition, we can say that we don’t have such a book, this is the first book of historic nature,” Ghazaryan said.

The brother of the editor of the sports magazine, “Marmnamarz,” Shavarsh Krissian, noted that the exhibition and its homonymous book prove who the Armenians were and the heritage that they possess.

“Those visiting the History Museum must be conscious of the heritage and contribution that we have,” Krissian said.

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