YEREVAN (A.W.)—The 6th Pan-Armenian Games officially came to an end with the closing ceremony in Yerevan on Aug. 13. Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan congratulated the athletes, coaches, organizers, and guests at the ceremony held at Yerevan’s Liberty Square.
Abrahamyan said that the most important achievement of the Pan-Armenian Games is “bringing together the sons and daughters of our nation in our homeland.”
“The capital, Yerevan, has become a gathering place for all Armenians and Armenian athletes during the past 11 days. During this time, you all had the possibility of meeting new people and making new friends,” he was quoted as saying by Armenpress. Abrahamyan also called the games a victory for the unity of the Armenian people.
The closing ceremony was attended by the Republic of Armenia’s Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Gabriel Ghazaryan, Yerevan Mayor Taron Margaryan, and World Boxing Organization (WBO) champion Arthur Abraham.
Athletes representing 175 cities from Armenia, Turkey, Russia, Lebanon, Iran, France, the United States, Canada, and many other countries competed in 17 sports during the 10-day tournament. The sports included soccer, futsal, basketball, volleyball, tennis, table tennis, swimming, track and field, chess, badminton, cycling, shooting, arm-wrestling, golf, handball, and beach volleyball.
Host city Yerevan dominated the games with the most gold medals (34) and total medals (89).
This year, a large delegation of athletes and coaches participated from Western Armenia. Soccer teams from Sasun and Istanbul competed for a second time.
Below is the total medal count as published on the official website of the Pan-Armenian Games.