Torch for Pan-Armenian Games Is Lit in Gandzasar

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STEPANAKERT (Armenpress) — The ceremony of lighting the torch during the fifth Pan-Armenian Games took place in Gandzasar’s Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. The games will be held August 13-24 in Yerevan.

Before the torch-lighting ceremony, Nagorno Karabagh President Bako Sahakian addressed the participants, emphasizing, “Today we are partaking in a very important and symbolic event. In a few minutes at the Gandzasar’s Cathedral of St. John the Baptist the torch of the fifth Pan-Armenian games will be lit. During the last 20 years Artsakh has become the symbol of consolidation of the world-spread Armenians.”

According to Sahakian, such events are proof of the connection between Armenia, Artsakh and the diaspora.

“We highlight the role of the Pan-Armenian games from the very viewpoint of continuous strengthening of this trinity. These games are not just competitions, but also another expression of our national solidarity and unity. The victorious spirit must always be strong in every Armenian and accompany us on our unbroken way,” he said.

More than 100 athletes from Artsakh are expected to participate in the games.

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