France Armenia Soccer Match to Feature Car Rally

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–A soccer match between France and Armenia’scheduled to take place in Yerevan on next week–will feature a car rally show with the participation of Armenian and French officials and special guests.

Famous singer Charles Aznavour and soccer superstars Yuri Jorkaev and Allen Boghossian are scheduled to kick off the rally on Sept. 8.

Participants in the rally will be celebrities and officials who will travel to Armenia to witness the Armenia-France soccer match. They include–Henri Michel–Eric Nikoleta–Renee Meje–Jean-Claude Botierre–Bruno Sabi–Jean Pierre Fondain–Henri Bescarlo and Laurence Fischer–among others.

The rally will kick off at 10 a.m. on Sept. 8 and will begin at Yerevan and cover the areas of Ashtarak–Artashavan–Biurakan–Etchmiadzin–Zartonk–Markara–Arax and Massis. The 130 to 140 participants will return to Yerevan and at 8 p.m. will enter the newly renovated Hrazdan Stadium.

The Rally has been organized by the Armenian Automobile Federation–a subsidiary of the International Automobile Federation–in conjunction with Marseilles-based "Province Armenie" organization. This group is being assisted by Armenia’s interior ministry and Armenia’s Soccer Federation.

All proceeds from this event are to be earmarked for the renovation of the national stadium.

According to Minister of the Interior and Chairman of the National Soccer Federation Souren Abramian–the reconstruction of the Republic Stadium is 87 percent completed. He reported that most of the financial issues have been resolved and the necessary equipment has been purchased and stored.

Despite the fact that donations to the reconstruction are still being made–the reconstruction of the Stadium will not be completed by September 8 when Armenia is scheduled to host France in a EURO-2000 qualifier.

"A month ago I said–’Give me $500,000–and the game will take place here’," Abramian said.


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