“The Pan-Armenian Games testify that we are united as a nation no matter where we live” - PM attends 7th Pan-Armenian Summer Games closing ceremony
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Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan today attended the closing ceremony of the 7th Pan-Armenian Summer Games in Yerevan’s Liberty Square. The event started with the award ceremony in a number of nominations for the best athletes and delegations. The Best Delegation award went to the Russian delegation; the Pan-Armenian Games Revelation award - to the team representing Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Aleppo’s girls basketball team won the Fair Play award; the Discipline and Sporting Spirit award went to Vienna’s delegation; the Best Cities nomination was swept by Echmiadzin and Sydney cities; Anna Tunyan was acknowledged as Beauty of Pan-Armenian Games. The Prime Minister handed cups and diplomas to the winners, congratulating and wishing them new achievements.
Nikol Pashinyan made a speech, in which he stated:
“Dear participants of the 7th Pan-Armenian Summer Games, I welcome you all.
Honorable National Assembly President,
Dear members of government,
Dear members of the Executive Board of the World Committee of the Pan-Armenian Games,
Dear participants of the Pan-Armenian Games,
This is the closing of the 7th Pan-Armenian Games, which brought great joy to all of us for over the last 14 days.
Again and again, I would like to emphasize that we have enjoyed the supreme pleasure of being together these days, because we can state that we are one nation, one people, and united, no matter what part of the world we live in. And here’s the closing ceremony to symbolize that there is one capital for all Armenians in the world, for every Armenian, and that capital is Yerevan.
I would like to congratulate all prize-winners in the Pan-Armenian Games. I would also like to congratulate all the athletes participating in the Pan-Armenian Games because they have given great value, great power and great content to the Pan-Armenian Games.
I would like to congratulate all the organizers of the 7th Pan-Armenian Games, all the participants and organizers of the opening and closing ceremonies.
I would like to congratulate our compatriots who have made new friends, new acquaintances, new friends during this Pan-Armenian Games. I hope that the ties you have achieved will be preserved and that you will never lose each other in Artsakh and Armenia.
The Pan-Armenian Games have for a while now been a highlight on the sports agenda of Armenia and Armenians, on the agenda of the public life of the Armenian people, on the agenda of Armenia-Artsakh-Diaspora relations. This is the most important platform where we really feel as one whole, regardless of our political affiliations and views.
I am convinced that the 8th Pan-Armenian Games will boast an even greater number of participants, a higher level of sporting spirit, and our athletes will have greater achievements.
Long live the Pan-Armenian Games,
Long live the Participants in the Pan-Armenian Games,
Long live the Armenian nation!
I declare the 7th Pan-Armenian Summer Games closed.”