Olympic Champion Taken to Greece

YEREVAN (Armenpress/Noyan Tapan)–An Armenian delegation including Robert Galstyan–director of the Yerevan Sports Institute and president of the Armenian Olympic Committee; deputy director Moushegh Mamikonian; Armenian Olympic Committee Secretary Harutiun Babayan; Olympic expert Mikael Ispirian–and sculptor Levon Tokmajian attended a seminar sponsored by the International Olympic Committee in Olympia–Greece–Thursday.

The delegation took with a sculpted torso of Armenian King Varaztad (374-378) of the Arshagouni Kingdom–the first Olympic champion of Armenian origin.

A marble stone in Olympia claims that Varaztad was the all-around champion of the 393 AD Olympic Games held in ancient Greece. Exiled from Armenia by General Moushegh Mamikonian–Varaztad resided in Rome.

Tokmajian’s sculpture of Varaztad was chosen from an Armenian Olympic Committee sponsored sculpting competition. The sculpture will be featured at the original Olympians’ academy in Olympia.

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