Vienna, March 31, 2018. The Armenian Sports Association ARARAT of Vienna is hosting the 23rd Euro Armenian Games /EAG/ in Vienna from March 30 to April 2. The event is held under the auspices of H.E. Dr. Arman Kirakossian, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to Austria and Dr. Michael Häupl, Mayor of Vienna.
Fifty five delegations, guests, sport fans, as well as more than 730 sportsmen from various European countries have come to participate in the tournament. The athletes will compete in basketball, volleyball, badminton, mini football, table tennis, backgammon and chess in men, women and junior categories.
The official opening ceremony was held under the EU, Austrian and Armenian national anthems, with blessings of the Armenian clergymen and was accompanied by folk dances performed by ensembles of the Viennese Hovhannes Shiraz School and “Yerazank” of HMEM Vienna. The ceremony was opened with welcome speeches given by Dr. Arman Kirakossian, Armenian Minister of the Diaspora Mrs. Hranush Hakobyan and the chairman the Armenian Sports Association ARARAT Mr. Sebouh Baghdoyan. Honorary guest of the ceremony was deputy of the Austrian Parliament, minority speaker, leader of the Austria-Armenia parliamentary group Dr. Gudrun Kugler.
The Games is a sport and a social event that brings together the Armenian athletes, sport fans and representatives of Armenian communities of Europe. The tournament is held on the Easter holidays annually with the exception of those years when Pan-Armenian Games take place in Armenia. “Consolidation of Armenians – our key message to the world – is passed over through initiatives like this, organized both in our homeland and outside it”, points out Sebouh Baghdoyan. The event venue alternates yearly with the decision of the EAG committee.