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Sports medicine, lack of coaches and competition named as reasons behind failure of Armenians freestyle wresters in Moscow

Levon Julfalakyan: all three medalists were defeated by world champions.

September 18, 2010
Sportsmen from over 100 countries took part in the World Wrestling Championships in Moscow between September 6 and 12, 2010.

Michel Platini: Football Academy in Yerevan is special

Review of August 26 – September 2 sports events.

September 3, 2010
Football: Football Academy opened in Yerevan on September 1 with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and UEFA President Michel Platini participating in the ceremony. According to FFA President Ruben Hayrapetyan, the project cost $12 million of which $ 7 million 475 thousand was allocated by the UEFA and $400 thousand by FIFA. The territory of the Academy covers 13 thousand m2. It has 5 playing fields, 2 pools and several gyms. “UEFA built many academies in Europe but the one in Yerevan is special,” Mr. Platini noted.

Composition of Armenian wrestling teams to participate in World Championships in Moscow determined

Review of August 19-26 sports events.

August 27, 2010
Wrestling: 7 Armenian wrestlers will participate in the World Wrestling Championships to take place between September 6 and 13 in Moscow. Chief coach of the Armenian Greco-Roman wrestling team Levon Julfalakyan told a PanARMENIAN.Net reporter that Armenia will compete in all weight classes. The team includes: Olympic Games bronze winner, World Championships silver winner and European champion Roman Amoyan (weight class 55kg), Vahan Juaryan (weight class 60kg), Arman Adikyan (weight class 66kg), European champion Arsen Julfalakyan (weight class 74kg), Denis Forov (weight class 84kg), Sargis Tonoyan (weight class 96kg), Olympic Games bronze winner and European champion Yuri Patrikeev (weight class 120kg).

Armenia won 3 medals at Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games

Review of August 12-19 sports events.

August 20, 2010
Olympiad: 14 Armenian sportsmen compete in 12 disciplines at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games which kicked off on August 14. Weightlifter Smbat Margaryan (56kg weight category) lifted 243 kg in snatch and clean & jerk to win bronze. Another weightlifter Gor Minasyan won silver, lifted 350 kg in the snatch and clean & jerk. Defeating a Venezuelan freestyle wrestler, Armenia’s Artak Hovhannisyan won a bronze medal. Archer Vasil Shahnazaryan finished 16th. Gymnast Vahan Vardanyan was the 8th in all-round events. Athlete Diana Khubeseryan came 5th. Swimmers Sergei Pevnev and Anahit Barseghyan were 32nd and 22nd respectively.

Arthur Alexanyan wins champion’s title at Junior World Wrestling Championships

Review of July 15-22 sports events.

July 24, 2010
Wrestling: on July 21, Armenia’s Greco-Roman wrestler Arthur Alexanyan (weight class 84kg) won the champion’s title at Junior World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Earlier, Armenia’s Alexan Mikaelyan (weight class 60kg) won bronze.

Armenia up 4 lines in FIFA Rankings

Review of July 8-15 sports events.

July 16, 2010
Football: FIFA published the national rankings, where Armenia is the 96th, going up 4 lines with 318 points. New world champions, Spain, top the rankings with 1883 points, followed by the Netherlands (1659 points) and Brazil (1536 points).

Aghasi Aghasyan wins gold at World University Weightlifting Championships

Review of July 1-8 sports events.

July 9, 2010
Weightlifting: Taiwan hosted 2nd World University Weightlifting Championships, where Armenia was represented by three sportsmen. Aghasi Aghasyan (weight class 77kg) won the champion's title, lifting 316kg in snatch, clean and jerk combination and surpassing his nearest competitor Nien-Peng Chiang (Taiwan ) by 33kg. Rubik Mamoyan (weight class 62kg) won a gold medal in snatch, lifting 120kg, but failed in clean & jerk. Meanwhile, Vardan Davtyan (weight class 94kg) won bronze medal, lifting 358kg in snatch, clean and jerk combination.

Armenia broke through to FIBA European Division C Championships semifinals

Review of June 24 - July 1sports events.

July 2, 2010
Chess: The opening ceremony of the 4th FIDE Women’s Grand Prix took place in Jermuk, Armenia, on June 23. Welcoming the participants and guests, FIDE President Ilyumzhinov said, “Some two years ago chess lovers had no idea about Jermuk. Now, this wonderful resort is one of chess development centers.”

3 Armenian boxers break through to European Championships semifinal

Review of June 3-10 sports events.

June 13, 2010
Boxing: 3 Armenian boxers – Hovhannes Davtyan, Hrachik Javakhyan and Arthur Khachatryan – broke through to the semifinal of the European Championships going on in Moscow, Russia. Vanes Martirosyan (28-0, 17KOs) won the battle of the unbeaten junior middleweights with a unanimous ten round decision over Joe Greene (22-1, 14KOs) to retain the NABF/NABO super welterweight titles. The official scores were 96-93, 96-93 and 98-91.

Levon Aronian will participate in 23rd Leon Rapid

Review of May 27 – June 3 sports events.

June 7, 2010
2 countries will host World Chess Championship 2011, with 4 chess players to rival in Baku. The remaining 4, including Levon Aronian will compete in the country to be announced later. 7 out of 8 participants were announced: Levon Aronian (Armenia), Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria), Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), Magnus Carlsen (Norway), Gata Kamsky (USA) Boris Gelfand (Israel) and Timur Radjabov (Azerbaijan).