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August 8, 2007
Media honored as capital gears up for Pan-Armenian Games

The flame of the last Pan-Armenian Games which were held in 2003

By Zaven Vardanyan

YEREVAN, August 6, 2007 – Members of the Armenian media have been honored by the National Olympic Committee and the Ministry of Sport.

Thirty Armenian sports journalists, sports television camera operators and photographers were awarded special certificates for their long-term association with sport.

It was the first such ceremony since Armenian independence in 1991. Armenia’s new sport minister and president of the Natiuonal Fencing Federation Armen Grigoryan told the gathering that sport is a priority on the agenda in Armenia.

From August 18 – 24 the Armenian capital Yerevan and a number of provincial centers will host the national multi-olympiad, the 4th Pan-Armenian Games. 2500 Armenian professional and amateur athletes from 69 cities and 26 countries in Europe, Northern and South America, Australia and Asia will take part. The program of 10 sports includes football, futsal ,basketball, volleyball, swimming, tennis, table-tennis, chess, athletics and badminton. The first games were held in 1999 with 1141 athletes from 23 countries 63cities and seven sports.

Fire of the Games from paganus temple of Garni, near Yerevan

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