YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–25 of Armenia’s best athletes will be in Beijing to compete for the 29th Summer Olympic Games. The first Armenian Olympic delegation left for Beijing On Thursday to compete in this year’s Olympic Games in China.
The delegation consists of judoists and riflemen, along with their coaches. The other Olympic delegations will leave for Beijing on August 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7.
The Armenian Olympic delegation is headed by the President of the National Olympic Committee of Armenia Gagik Tsarukyan. The chief commissioner is the Vice-President of the Olympic Committee Derenik Gabrielyan.
The delegation also includes the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee Armen Grigoryan, heads of different sports agencies, doctors and journalists.
Triple Olympic Champion Albert Azaryan will carry the Armenian flag at the opening ceremony.
The 25 athletes will be competing in eight different categories.
Boxing: Hovhanes Danielyan, Hrachik Javakhyan, Edward Hambartsumyan, Andranik Hakobyan.
Free-style wrestling: Martin Berberyan, Suren Markosyan, Harutyun Yenokyan.
Greco-Roman’style wrestling: Roman Amoyan, Karen Mnatsakanyan, Arman Adikyan, Arsen Julfalakyan, Denis Forov, Yuri Patrikeev.
Judo: Hovhannes Davtyan, Armen Nazaryan.
Ahletics: Melik Janoyan (archer), Ani Khachikyan (runner).
Swimming: Mikhael Koloyan.
Shooting: Norayr Bakhtamyan
A number of Armenian-born athletes will be competing at Beijing Olympic Games as representatives of other countries. Armen Nazarian, a Greco-Roman wrestler, will be representing Bulgaria. Nazarian is the only Olympic champion of independent Armenia, winning the title in 1996 Games. He received Bulgarian citizenship in 2000 winning another gold medal for Bulgaria. He won a silver medal in the 2004 Games. Weightlifter Artyom Shaloyan will represent Germany. Varderes Samurgashev, also a Greco-Roman’style wrestler, will represent Russia. He is a Europe and world champion. Boxer David Hayrapetian is also on the Russian team. Another Greco-Roman wrestler Ara Abrahamian is on the Swedish team. Ethnic Armenian athletes are also competing in the Dutch, French, and American Teams.