Armenia’s Olympic Hopefuls Set for Sydney Games

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The Armenian Olympic Committee announced Tuesday that the Armenian delegation to the Sydney Games will leave for Australia next month–one group going ahead of another to make preparations for the delegation.

The Armenian delegation includes 28 athletes–17 coaches or trainers and six doctors. Armenia was represented with 32 athletes at the Atlanta Games in 1996.

The Armenian team includes six weight lifters–eight wrestlers–three boxers and three track and field athletes. The team also includes two participants in the swimming competition–two rowing competition participants–as well as one each in the Judo–riflery–tennis and diving competitions.

Representatives of the Armenian Olympics Committee will arrive in Sydney on Sept. 5 to meet with members of the Armenian community there and to make preparations for the arrival of the team late that month.

Reports also indicate that President Robert Kocharian is planning to visit Sydney during the games. Also expressing interest to attend the games is Armenian Parliament Speaker Armen Khachatrian.

During the previous Olympic Games–the Armenian leadership had not shown its official support to the team.

Prime Minister Andranik Markarian Tuesday met with chairman of the Armenian Olympic Committee Benur Pashayan and committee secretary Gagik Chobanyan–who outlined the team’s activities in preparation for the Sydney Games.

Stressing the importance of Armenia’s Olympic competitors–Markarian pledged the government’s support–adding that his government will do its utmost to ensure that the athletes receive anything they need.

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