YEREVAN (Armenpress) — The Armenian Olympic delegation participating in the 31st Summer Olympic Games returned to Armenia on Saturday, August 27.
Hundreds had gathered at the airport past midnight, waiting for the arrival of the team, especially medalists Artur Aleksanyan, Mihran Harutyunyan, Simon Martirosyan, Gor Minasyan. People were chanting “Artur, Mihran, Simon, Gor champion” from all sides. Hundreds of fans from different provinces of Armenia had come to welcome back the forerunners of Armenian sport.
Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan and members of the government also came to welcome the Olympic delegation. The prime minister was the first to congratulate the sportsmen.
Later that night, crowds in Gumri greeted Aleksanyan and silver medalist, weightlifter Gor Minasyan with joy and Olympic mood.
Despite late hour, Gumri residents gathered in Vardanants Square to celebrate the return of the sportsmen. The photos of the two were posted on the façade sectors of the buildings and the clothing of several people.
“I am powerful with you, my city and country. This victory does not belong to me only; this is everybody’s victory and we won together,” Aleksanyan said when addressing the crowd.