PanARMENIAN.Net - Freestyle wrestlers led by coach Araik Baghdadyan are also getting prepared for the Championships. Armenia will be represented by Gegham Babakhanyan (weight class 55kg), Arthur Arakelyan (weight class 60kg), European Championships bronze winner Zhirayr Hovhannisyan (weight class 66kg), Suren Markosyan (weight class 74kg), Vadim Laliyev (weight class 84kg), European Championships bronze winner Edgar Yenokyan (weight class 94kg) and silver winner Ruslan Basiyev (weight class 120kg).
Football: Armenia chief coach Vardan Minasyan named the squad for the upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers. The 28-member Armenian team will play against Ireland and Macedonia on September 3 and 7.
The prices for tickets for UEFA Euro 2012 Armenia v Ireland qualifier have dropped to make AMD 2000-6000. The tickets for western stand will cost AMD 6000, for eastern stand – AMD 4000, for southern and northern stands – AMD 2000. Earlier, the tickets cost from AMD 4000 to 8000. The match will be played in Vazgen Sargsyan Stadium on September 3, 2010.
FC Pyunuk crashed FC Ullysses 5:1 in the 18th round of Armenian championship. FC Kilikia v FC Impulse matched ended 0:0. FC Banants, who top the standings with 44 points, defeated FC Gandzasar 1:0.
Armenia suffered a defeat by Portugal in 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifier in Yerevan. The match ended 0:3. After the last match in the group, the Armenian national team bottom Group 7 without points.
Chess: All-Armenian Chess Olympiad organized by the RA Diaspora Ministry, Chess Federation and Chess Academy of Armenia is over in Yerevan. The closing ceremony was held on August 23.
CIS team won the team event. Poghos Hayrapetyan (Russia) won the individual competition, followed by Tigran Petrosyan (Armenia) and Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian (Brazil). Diana Arutyunova (Ukraine) won the women’s event. Tatev Abrahamyan (U.S.) was the second while Siranush Andreasyan (Armenia) finished third.
All winners received money awards. The youngest participants - Samvel Sevyan (U.S.) and Manuel Petrosyan (Artsakh) - got special prizes.
“We believe that the Olympiad will become a tradition and will be held twice a year,” said Stepan Poghosyan, Deputy Diaspora Minister of Armenia.
According to Chess Academy director Smbat Lputyan, participation of strongest chess players made the Olympiad attractive.
Olympiad: Armenia won 1 silver and 3 bronze medals at Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games. Weightlifter Gor Minasyan won silver; weightlifter Smbat Margaryan, freestyle wrestler Artak Hovhannisyan and judoist Davit Ghazaryan won bronze. Shooter Romik Vardumyan finished 10th. Rower Edgar Babayan was the 8th.
Tennis: Novak Djokovic won the first four games of the match and eventually saved five set points in the second set to defeat David Nalbandian 6-1, 7-6(7) in the third round of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters. Djokovic needed one hour and 37 minutes to set up a quarterfinal showdown against Andy Roddick.