Sport Digest: Manucharyan looks good for Ajax

Football

Armenia’s 18-year-old striker Edgar Manucharyan has made his debut in the Champions’ League for Ajax on Wednesday to become only the second Armenian footballer in the post-independence period (after Yervand Sukiasyan played 45 minutes in the Champions League for Dinamo Kiev in 1992) to play in this number one European club tournament’s group stage.

In Wednesday’s match against London’s Arsenal at the Amsterdam Arena Manucharyan was a 69 minutes’ substitute for his teammate Buchari. Ajax lost 1-2, but still preserve good chances to qualify from their group.

After the match specialists and the media highly evaluated the Armenian footballer’s performance in the match. According to the Dutch press, Manucharyan is considered to be one of the most promising young footballers in the Ajax stable.

Chess

A European championship among juniors in which 23 Armenian chess-players took part ended in Serbia & Montenegro recently. The most successful among the young Armenian chess-players was 16-year-old Zaven Andreasyan, who won the European title in contest with his coevals, gaining 7 out of 9 possible points.

Another medal for Armenia was won in the competition among 12-year-olds, where Hayk Tamazyan finished third, winning the bronze. Samvel Ter-Sahakyan, representing Armenia in the same age group, occupied the 7th spot. Expectations were high from 18-year-old international master Arman Pashikyan, but his failures in the last few rounds allowed him to place only 7th.

In the girls’ competition Armenia’s representatives did not distinguish themselves with successful performances. The best result was shown by Susanna Aboyan who occupied the 10th spot in the competition among 10-year-olds.

Meanwhile, Armenian chess-player Andranik Matikozyan (international master) made a successful performance in Los Angeles, in the 27th Open Championship of California. Matikozyan gained 6 out of 7 possible points and finished 2nd in the tournament. A total of 145 players participated in the tournament. (A1 Plus, Armenpress)

Wrestling

The world freestyle wrestling championships ended in Budapest, Hungary, recently, with only one athlete representing Armenia – Martin Berberyan, 60 kg – managing to win the bronze.

Greco-Roman wrestlers will begin their competition in the Hungarian capital today (Friday). Seven athletes representing Armenia will engage in the struggle.