10, 2009

President Serzh Sargsyan received the President of the International Wrestling Federation Rafael Martinetti

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President Serzh Sargsyan received the President of the International Wrestling Federation Rafael Martinetti.

President Sargsyan expressed confidence that his visit would become a strong impetus for cooperation. “Wrestling is one of traditionally renowned and successful sports in Armenia which is today also gets due attention, even though, as in all other cases, we would like of course to see better results,” the President of Armenia said and added, “our National Olympic Committee, the Ministry for Sport, and the Wrestling Federation are trying to invite even more attention to this sport. We want more children to get engaged in the sport of wrestling; towards that end we improve conditions, and strive to organize international contests in Armenia since all this will eventually bring the desired results.
The President of Wrestling Federation said that he has been in wrestling for over thirty years and has always been following the performances of the Armenian athletes, who have achieved impressive results, and he knows personally the most recent Armenian champions.

Rafael Martinetti said that the possibility of establishing a school of wrestling in Yerevan was discussed during his meetings, because Armenia has produced a number of excellent coaches of wrestling. “The future of this sport in Armenia is in reliable hands,” stressed Rafael Martinetti.

The two sides discussed also the possibility of conducting the 2010 World Championship of Greco-Roman wrestling in Armenia. President Sargsyan said that we were interested in organizing international events of this magnitude in our country and would do our best to conduct it on the highest level. “It is will be a celebration for the Armenian fans of wrestling, for the young athletes who will have the opportunity to see many celebrated athletes and watch their performance,” the President of Armenia noted.

Rafael Martinetti also said that he was following closely the Armenian-Turkish process of normalization. “As a Swiss national, I am glad that my country has been able to facilitate the process,” said Mr. Martinetti.

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