Legendary Olympic Champion Azarian to Lead Armenia in Opening Ceremonies

ATHENS–Olympic champion Albert Azarian–will carry the banner of the Armenian delegation at the August 13 opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. Azarian–known as the "king of the rings," was the 1954 and 1958 World Champion–1955 European Champion–and 1956 and 1960 Olympic Champion. According to the Chairman of the Armenian Olympic Committee Ishkhan Zakarian–Armenia will be represented by 18 athletes in 9 sports in the Olympic Games–including competitions in weight-lifting–wrestling–and boxing. President Robert Kocharian will also be with the delegation leaving for Athens to provide moral support to the Armenian team. The US boxing team includes Vanes Martirosyan from Glendale–CA. Born in Armenia–Martirosyan moved to the US when he was four and started boxing at age 7. Ranked 14th in his weight class in January 2004–Martirosyan persevered and succeeded in making the team.

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