Sport Roundup: Pyunik showing championship form (again)

Football

FC Pyunik (Yerevan) with 50 points remain a clear leader and top title contender after round 19 of Armenia’s national football championship. The defending champions are followed by the capital’s FC Banants and Ashtarak’s FC Mika.

FC Ararat also has real chances to contest a medal this season. Under the new coach Varuzhan Sukiasyan the Yerevan footballers have not lost a single point yet.

Meanwhile, footballers playing in Armenia’s top league continue to sign for foreign clubs. Artashes Baghdasaryan has left Yerevan’s FC Kilikia to join Austrian Superfund, and Banants striker Vahe Tadevosyan will play for Switzerland’s FC Arau.

FC Pyunik midfielder (and of the National and youth teams), Levon Pachajian has been given on loan to Israel’s FC Hapoel (Petah Tikva) until spring 2007.

(Source: based on Armenian Football Federation reports and information from A1 Plus’ website)

Judo

At the European youth championships in the Estonian capital of Tallinn, Armenia’s Anush Hakobyan (52 kg) won the silver medal. Another Armenian athlete participating in the event Paylak Vardazaryan became a bronze medalist.

(Source: Armenpress news agency)

Wrestling

Armenian wrestlers will take part in the Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling world championships due to be held in China from September 22 to October 1.

Armenia’s team of Greco-Roman wrestlers includes: Roman Amoyan (55 kg), Karen Mnatsakanyan (60 kg), Artak Harutyunyan (66 kg), Movses Karapetyan (74 kg), Tigran Sahakyan (84 kg), and Yuri Patrikeev (120 kg).

The freestyle wrestling team includes eight wrestlers, including one woman: Vahan Simonyan (55 kg), Armen Karapetyan (60 kg), Zhirair Hovhannisyan (66 kg), Ruslan Kokaev (74 kg), Vadim Laliev (84 kg), Shamil Gitiev (96 kg), Ruslan Basiev (120 kg), and Karine Shadoyan (63 kg).

(Source: Armenpress news agency)