June 11, 2009 - 17:22 AMT PanARMENIAN.Net
- Armenian national kickboxing team will leave for the Serbian capital Belgrade on June 17 and take part in the qualifying round of the European kickboxing
(French boxing) world championship between June 18 and 20.
According to the founder and president of the French box federation of Armenia Robert Rostomyan, the national team will be represented by 4 boxers: Smbat Haroutyunyan (65 kg weight class), Aram Margaryan (70 kg weight class), Gevorg Torosyan (75 kg weght class) and Vahe Gevorgyan (60 kg weight class in the tournament among juniors).
"Our federation was founded in 2003. Since then we have been very successful. In 2005 we brought the Silver from the world championship, in 2006 we won Bronze in the European championship, and in 2007 in the international tournament in Greece 6 our sportsmen took first places, and two were awarded silver medals," Mr. Rostomyan said, adding that he now has big expectations from the coming championship in Serbia.
Manager of the Armenian national team is Volodya Khalatyan, who has trained the team for the last half a year.
French boxing is a synthesis of French Savate and English boxing. Savate, which is also known as boxe française, French Kickboxing or French Footfighting, is a French martial art which uses both the hands and feet as weapons and combines elements of western boxing with graceful kicking techniques. Savate is perhaps the only style of kickboxing in which the fighters habitually wear shoes. Around 500 sportsmen are involved in kickboxing in Armenia.
According to Mr. Rostomyan, in the case of successful play in the qualifying round in Belgrade, Armenian boxers will obtain the right to take part in the final combats of the world championship, scheduled for November and December.
"We also project to held championship in Armenia. Belgium will host European championship and we have already been invited to take part in it," Mr. Rostomyan said.