Thousands Mark Closing of Pan Armenian Games


By Alex Sardar

YEREVAN–Thousands of athletes–coaches–referees–organizers–and spectators attended the conclusion of the Third Pan-Armenian Games on Sunday evening at the Karen Demirchyan Athletic and Cultural Complex in Yerevan. The attendees were treated to more than three hours of entertainment including performances by Nune Yesayan–Tata Simonian–Forsh and the Armenian National Dance Ensemble.

Victorious athletes and teams were recognized in the presence of Armenian President Robert Kocharian–government officials–including Foreign Minster Vartan Oskanian–and members of the International Pan-Armenian Games Committee.

In his remarks–President Kocharian congratulated the athletes and thanked the organizing committee and the international sponsors for their commitment to the spirit of the Games. Kocharian–who was awarded the Committee’s Recognition Medal for his support of the Pan-Armenian Games–emphasized the importance of the Games in further strengthening ties between Armenia and the Diaspora.

Foreign Minister Oskanian–in closing the Games–said–"Today–some of you have won–and some have been defeated–but we have all been victorious today?because above all we have seen what we can achieve through unified action."

Among the teams being presented the closing ceremonies was the Homenetmen Glendale Ararat Chapter’s Men’s Basketball Team representing the City of Glendale. The team garnered the top prize during the Pan-Armenian Games–defeating Yerevan’s men’s basketball team 97-94 in a hotly contested game the night before.

It’s noteworthy to mention that the Yerevan team is composed mostly of Armenia’s national basketball team players–and is even led by the national team coach.

The Homenetmen women’s team reached the final–only to be defeated by Yerevan which came in first–to take the Pan-Armenian championship for the third time.

The celebrations continued with fireworks and dancing at the park bordering the Sports Complex.

The games–which began on August 16–brought Armenian athletes from Diaspora communities around the world to Yerevan.


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