Sport in Armenia
Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to Armenia. Armenia was once part of the Soviet Union, and did not compete in world sport under its own name until the 1990s.
Armenia has a very rich sports history. As part of the former USSR, their athletes won many Olympic medals competing under their flag.
Chess is Armenia's traditional and still one of their most popular sports and they have been doing very well in it in the international stage.
Wrestling is also one of the strong points for Armenians in the Olympics as well as weightlifting.
But football or soccer is the most popular sport in Armenia. It is very active in the international sports community and holds a full membership on various sporting bodies like the Federation of International Bandy (FIB), Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), and International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). As well as hosting the Pan-Armenian Games.
Armenia was part of the USSR for a long time and the first Armenian in modern Olympic history was Hrant Shahinyan in gymnastics won two golds and silvers at the Summer Olympics in Helsinki (1952). Other great gymnasts from Armenia won Olympic and other world championships like Albert Azaryan, Eduard Azaryan and Artur Akopyan. Armenians won 4 medals despite of having only 5 athletes participating under the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) team (post-USSR) in the 1992 Summer Olympics held in Barcelona. Three of which are gold medals. Armenia started participating in the Olympics as an independent nation in the 1994 Winter Olympics held in Lillehammer.
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Popular sports of Armenia
- Football (Soccer), Wrestling, Chess
Armenia Sporting Success
Athletes from Armenia
- Hrant Shahinyan - gymnastics
Armenia Sports trivia
- Armenia started participating in the Olympics as an independent nation in the 1994 Winter Olympics held in Lillehammer
Armenia at major events
Past sporting events hosted in Armenia
- Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) Games, held in various locations around the world.