WCPAG CHAIRMAN ISHKHAN ZAKARYAN’S ADDRESS AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE FIRST PAN-ARMENIAN WINTER GAMES

 Honorable President of the Republic of Armenia,

 Dear participants of the first Pan-Armenian Winter Games

The first Pan-Armenian Games were organized 15 years ago in the capital of the Republic of Armenia, Yerevan. It was a real bridge in strengthening the Armenia-Diaspora bonds with its unique manifestations.

First – The number of participants of the games has been increasing year by year. They are 3244 participants so far and 62 cities became 128 in terms of geography.

Second – About 90% of our compatriots who arrived in Armenia during the Games were for the first time in their motherland.

Believe me, these are extremely important as well as inspirational manifestations. Such an event with winter sports is organized for the first time. Upon the recommendation of the President of the Republic of Armenia, the Organizing Committee of the Games for the first time covers all the expenditures of the participants, except travel expenses. We are pleasantly surprised by the number of participants in the first Winter Games. About 400 participants from 22 cities of 11 states. This was a surprise for us neither, whereas Armenia, and also the Diaspora, does not have such good traditions in winter sports.

But if the winter games also develop by the logic of the summer games, then the number of participants in the next games will exceed the thousand.

Dear participants,

 I warmly welcome you in this magnificent Motherland, in Tsakhkadzor.

I want you to love deeply Your Motherland, the cradle of hope for all Armenians in Armenia and Diaspora.  I want you, your parents and friends visit Armenia frequently . We are all obliged to love our country, our homeland. The homeland is not good or bad, the homeland is the only one. I invite to the chair the President of the Republic of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, to welcome the participants of the first Pan-Armenian Winter Games.