Sport Digest:


Debut for Edgar: Armenian national team striker Edgar Manucharyan played his first official match for Ajax Amsterdam in the national championship as an 84-th minute substitute for Dutch international Rayan Babel. (In that away match Ajax lost to Alkmar 2-4.

Before that Manucharyan played for Ajax only in one friendly (Barcelona), during which he broke his leg. (A1 Plus)


An Australia-based Armenian boxer Vic (Vakhtang) Darchinyan, who retained his 2004 International Boxing Federation and 2005 International Boxing Organization flyweight titles, told during a rare visit to his homeland he was preparing to defend one of his titles versus Damian Kelly from Ireland.

Vic Darchinyan retained his International Boxing Federation flyweight title with a fifth-round technical knockout on August 24 over Jair Jimenez at the Sydney Entertainment Center.

This is Darchinyan’s first visit to Armenia in two years, and he was on hand for the opening of a boxing school in his hometown, Vanadzor. Darchinyan has won all 24 of his fights, 19 by knock out. He also said he may move from Australia to US where professional boxing is more developed. (Armenpress)


Armenia’s Cup in weightlifting was contested in Gyumri recently, with 39 leading weightlifters of the country taking part in the competition. Eventually, the Cup was won by heavyweight Ashot Danielyan, who showed the result of 455 kg in the snatch, clean and jerk combination. Gevorg Davtyan was second, and Tigran Martirosyan was third. Armenia’s national weightlifting team began its preparations after this tournament for the world championships to be held in Qatar in November. (A1 Plus)


A tournament after well-known cyclists Kepekyan brothers was held in Yerevan for the 8th time last week. Six cyclists from Georgia also participated in the event. In the competition among 16-year-olds the first prize went to Nerses Shirinyan, and the second place was won by Suren Petrosyan. Among the 18-year-olds the winner was Edgar Gasparyan, followed by Georgi Nodiradze from Georgia. (The Cycling Federation of Armenia,