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June 3, 2010
Former top Long Jumper to head Armenian Athletics Federation

1987: Robert Emmiyan of Armenia lands in the sandpit after jumping in the Long Jump event at the IAAF Moscow Grand Prix in Moscow, Soviet Union.Photo/ Bob Martin/Allsport
by Zaven Vardanyan, Armenian Sports Press Association

YEREVAN, June 3, 2010 - The European long jump record-holder (8,86m, Tsakhkadzor, Armenia, May 1987), 45-year-old Robert Emmiyan was elected the new President of ArmenianAthletics Federation (AAA) at the recent Electoral Conference of the federation.

Emmiyan who lives permanently in Paris, France, and maintains his Armenian citizenship said: “I would like to greet all AIPS Members. I know the international sports media very well.”

Emmiyan says Armenian Athletics needs completely renewing and he is bringing a team together to make an investment in  athletics that will create new effective management and realise as soon as possible a program which will integrate Armenian Athletics into the international athletics family.
He said that the AAA  will actively cooperate with the IAAF and European Athletics and thanked his colleagues for their words of support and congratulations.
According to the new president the AAA has not had wide opportunities to develop athletics in Armenia despite the fact there are very talented athletes in the country and the sport is very popular.

“Despite all the problems the AAA is the largest federation in Armenia and conducts the largest number of sporting events. Our goal is to organize as many events as possible in different regions of the nation. In future we hope to participate in many international competitions and to cooperate with the IOC, IAAF and European Athletics”.

New face for Armenian Olympic Committee

Hrach Rostomyan is appointed as new General Secretary of the National Olympic Committee of Armenia (ANOC).

30 year-old Rostomyan is a ex-player Armenian Basketball player and in an International Basketball Arbiter and the President of the Armenian Basketball Federation. He has replaced Armen Grigoryan. Rostomyan’s mission to to improve the potential of Armenia’s Olympic Athletes. The London 2012 Olympics will be the first test for the new general secretary.

 
              
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