Armenia to Host European Jr. Boxing Championships

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–At Armenia’s suggestion the International Federation of Boxing made a decision to hold the European Juniors Boxing Championship in Yerevan in the year 2001–announced deputy Minister for Culture–Sports and Youth affairs Ishkhan Zakarian Thursday.

According to Zakarian–the fact that Armenia has good traditions in the boxing discipline and that in 2001 Armenia will celebrate the 1700th anniversary of adopting Christianity–the committee saw favorable conditions for the championships in Yerevan.

Zakarian also reported that a decision was made on awarding living pensions to Armenian Olympic champions $200–and world champions will receive $160 a month for two years. Winners in world championships as well as disabled sportsmen will also receive pensions. This new policy will take effect in September. The Sport charity organization has been established to assist these initiatives and repair sports centers and athletic facilities at schools.

According to Zakarian–while earlier the best Armenian athletes used to leave for other countries–this year there were no similar cases–on the contrary–seven athletes came back to Armenia.

Speaking of the results of the Armenian athletes’ participation in the World Junior Games in Moscow–the deputy minister stressed that the 21st place that Armenian athletes gained can be regarded as a success. At the contest in Graeco-Roman wrestling the Armenian team won second place.

And at the forthcoming world championship for weight-lifting scheduled for August the Armenian team will have to do its best to gain the first place.

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