Armenia broke through to FIBA European Division C Championships semifinals

Review of June 24 - July 1sports events.

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.”

PanARMENIAN.Net - As of today, 6 rounds have been already played. Armenia’s Lilit Mkrtchyan is currently the 2nd with 4.5 points. Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia) tops the standings with 5.5 points. Tatiana Kosintseva (Russia) is the 3rd with 4 points.

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FIDE has published rating lists of top 100 chess players among whom Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronyan is the fifth with 2783 points. Magnus Carlsen (Norway) tops the list with 2826 points. He is followed by Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) – 2803 points and Viswanathan Anand (India) – 2800 points. Armenia’s Vladimir Akopian is the 44th with 2691 points. Gabriel Sargsyan (2673 points) is the 61st.

As for the women’s list, Armenia’s Lilit Mkrtchyan (2468 points), Elina Danielyan (2431 points) and Lilit Galoyan (2384 points) are the 30th, 52nd and 78th respectively. Polgar Judit tops the list with 2682 points.

Basketball: Winning 3 subsequent matches, Armenia came first in Group A of FIBA European Division C Championships. Malta lead Group B, scoring a victory over Wales. Armenia vs. Scotland, Moldova vs. Malta semifinal matches are scheduled for July 2.

Football: Arman Amirkhanyan and Zaven Hovhannesyan were appointed as referees for European Under 19 Football Championship in Bulgaria due October 6-13.

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FC Ulysses (Armenia) tied the first match with FC Bney-Yehuda (Israel) in the first qualifying round of 2010-2011 Europa League. Though both teams had chances to score goals, the match has ended in a bare draw. Tel-Aviv will host the return game on July 8.

Chief Coach of Ulysses Sevada Arzumanyan said that some changes will be made in Ulysses composition in the return game.

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FC Banants (Armenia) lost the first match against FC Anorthosis (Cyprus) – 0:3, in the first qualifying round of 2010-2011 Europa League. Yerevan will host the return match on July 8

Boxing: Armenian boxers have won 4 medals at 2010 European Junior Boxing Championships, which finished in Lviv, Ukraine, on June 27. Pinweight Henrik Mokoyan and flyweight Arthur Nersisyan won silver. Featherweight Gor Yeritsyan and heavyweight Rafael Simonyan won bronze.

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Khoren Gevor moved up to super middleweight (weigh class 76.2kg) to challenge the WBA title. Another Armenian boxer – Leva Kirakosyan – representing Russia will fight vs. Spain's Francisco Nohales on July 16 in Toulon, France.

Kickboxing: Armenian kickboxers won 8 medals ( 3 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze) at the European Championships that finished in Alexandroupolis, Greece. The sportsmen will also participate in the Armenian Championship in July and World Cup in Anapa in October. “In September, Azerbaijan will host European Championships and if the host country ensures security for the Armenian team, they will be participating,” President of the Kickboxing Federation of Armenia Garnik Hayrapetyan said. Besides, the Kickboxing Federation of Armenia intends to hold World Cup in 2011.

Running: To mark the Olympic Day and RA National Olympic Committee (NOC) 20th anniversary, Yerevan hosted Olympic Day Run, with sportsmen in 7 age categories, racing cyclists and physically challenged people participating. Winners were awarded RA NOC prizes. Celebratory events to mark the Olympic Day were held in NKR and Armenian regions.

Hasmik Babayan, Gohar Nalbandyan / PanARMENIAN News
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