WELCOME SPEECH OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA SERZH SARGSYAN AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE FIRST PAN-ARMENIANWINTER GAMES

 Dear compatriots, I warmly welcome the participants and guests of the first Pan-Armenian Winter Games. Throughout their 15-year-old history, the Panarmenian Games by enlarging their geography and increasing the participants’ number tell us that they are demanded. I want to extend my gratitude  all those who initiated and spared no efforts to establish the Games during these 15 years and today it can be confidently stated that the Panarmenian Games have been established. The Panarmenian Games are of great importance for us. It is obvious that those Games strengthen the Homeland-Diaspora bonds and that those Games give thousands of Armenian young men and the people professing a healthy lifestyle an opportunity to establish new contacts, and this fact is vital in now day’s world. I wish the participants a fair competition, a hot struggle and sports successes and announcethe opening of the First Winter Panarmenian Games.