Genocide 100: Argentine-Armenian tennis star urges world to remember

David Nalbandian, a world-renowned Argentinean tennis player of Armenian descent, has called on the world to recognize the Ottoman-era Armenian Genocide on its centennial.

Along with several other well-known Argentinean athletes the 33-year-old spoke in a video that was posted on YouTube on April 15.

In the video five sports personalities, including another ethnic Armenian athlete Carlos Hairabedian, tell about the first genocide of the 20th century, about the deportations of Armenians from Ottoman Turkey and the formation of the Armenian community in Argentina.

Argentina, according to various estimates, is home to between 70,000 and 135,000 ethnic Armenians today.

The South American nation first recognized the Armenian Genocide in 2003 and has reaffirmed its position several times since then, with the latest reaffirmation taking place this year.

Earlier this week President of Argentina Cristina Kirchner met with representatives of the Armenian community of Argentina to “express her solidarity on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.”