Source: Islamic Republic News Agency (photos by Marzieh Mousavi)
The 45th Armenian Olympics opened Wednesday evening at Ararat Club in the Iranian capital. The Armenian Orthodox primate of the diocese of Tehran, Archbishop Sebuh Sarkisian as well as Armenian ambassador to Iran and a number of well-known Armenian athletes were present in the opening ceremony of the games.
Head of Iran's Football Federation Ali Kaffashian was also among the participants of the ceremony.
During the 10-day games, 900 Armenian athletes from across the country and also from Armenia will compete with each other in nine fields.
Iran's Armenian Olympics is not international but regional countries like Armenia, Lebanon and Syria can join the games if they wish.
The level of the games is very high; the rivals are moving neck and neck. The Armenians Olympics is aimed at finding new talents in Armenian sports and encourage the youth to turn to sports.
At the opening ceremony of this years games, Archbishop Sarkisian described Iran as the home to Armenians. Armenians, he said, have been living in Iran since thousands years ago.
He said Armenians were living in a comfortable condition in Iran.
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