Yerevan Armenia Sports
When UEFA's Under 19 European Championship kicks off in the capital Yerevan on Sunday, Armenia will host its first international sporting event - and to mark the occasion, Telegraph Travel has unearthed a few things you probably don't know about the country. It is more than a decade since Armenia gained independence from the Soviet Union and the Armenian Football Association (FFA). Has played a major role in making qualification for UEFA competitions a regular occurrence. The hosting of the European U19 Championship is a historic event for Armenia, as the games will be held in three stadiums in Jervan. The event marks the first time in its history that Armenia has hosted a major sporting competition in Europe, but on the occasion of these events we have brought to light some of the few things you probably did not know about that country, thanks to the Telegraph's journey.
A new sports complex is expected to be built very soon, bringing together the country's two largest sports clubs, the Armenian Football Federation (FFFA) and the national team named after Hrant Shahinyan. The Armenian government granted Pyunic in 1998 and has one of the largest stadiums in the world with a capacity of 1.5 million people.
Many companies and universities have their own teams participating in the Armenian Futsal League, and 8 teams representing the universities of Yerevan, Karabakh, Armenia's second largest city, participate. The Homenetmen organize the Pan-Homenetmen Games, where the members of the club meet for friendly matches. Officially, the Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex, also known as Tsitsernakaberd Sports Complex or Hrazdan Sports Complex, is a huge sports and concert complex on TsiternkaberD hill dominating the western part of Yerevan, near the gorge of the Tashkent River, on the outskirts of the capital.
Armenia participated for the first time in 1992 as a member of the Republic of Armenia in the Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Armenia has been an active member of the international sports community for over 30 years and has a long history of participation in the Olympic Games and other international events.
Although the European Games in Baku would have encouraged rapprochement with long-time foe Armenia, there was little sign of it. Armenian teams competing in Europe lost to teams from Andorra and Gibraltar, and several clubs went bankrupt. Football in Armenia was honoured with a team from an independent Armenia, which was not successful in this sport. Sport still plays a major role in many parts of the country, particularly in football, basketball, football, volleyball and tennis.
After independence from the Soviet Union, the country failed to qualify for the 1988, 1992 and 1994 Olympic Games in Moscow and the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Armenia participated in the CIS United Team, where it was very successful. Armenian wrestlers finished third overall, winning three of the seven gold medals.
The golden team won the 1992 and 1994 Olympic Games in Moscow and 1996 in Atlanta, and 2004 in Athens.
Armenia contributed several other notable gymnasts to the powerful Soviet gymnastics team, including Arsen Melikyan, Yerevan's first ever Olympic men's jumping champion. Weightlifting is also a successful sport in Armenia. At the 2000 Summer Olympics, which were Armenia's first Olympic Games since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, Ar sen Melikyan won gold medals in weightlifting and all-around competition. Armenian athletes have won numerous medals competing under the flag of independent states while they were part of the former Soviet Union. Armenia only entered the competition in 1992, but finished fifth in the medal table behind the USA, Russia, China and Japan.
Armenian chess player, who played under the flag of an independent free state, became European champion in 1999. The team led by Levon Aronian later won the 2006 Chess Olympiad in Turin and the 2008 World Chess Championship in London.
The Armenians claim that the future champion Bayern won 2-1 overall, but the Armenians cheered that they won 2-1 overall. The Armenian chess players Artashe Hovhannisyan and Levon Aronian won the 2006 Chess Olympiad in Turin and the 2008 World Chess Championship in London with their team.
Looking back, we see that God used this team to open the doors to the newly founded Armenian Sports Medicine Federation. We are the only non-governmental organisation working in all regions of Armenia to use sport for education in the classroom. Due to the growing interest in sport in Armenia, many equestrian centres have been opened in recent years, including equestrian centres in Yerevan, Karabakh and other parts of the country. The Armenian Football Association has opened three modern football schools in Tbilisi, Yekaterinburg and Yerkirsk, as well as in other cities in Turkey.
Young girls see themselves as the leaders of tomorrow and we hope that they will continue to succeed in the future.