European Weightlifting Federation President Mr. Antonio Conflitti and General Secretary Dr. Milan Mihajlovic paid a two-days (24-25 March) official visit to Yerevan at the invitation of the Armenian Weightlifting Federation. The main purpose of the visit was Armenia’s interest in hosting the 2023 European Senior Championships.
On this occasion, EWF officials visited the sports facilities of Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex in the capital city and had official meetings at the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of The Republic of Armenia.
Vahram Dumanyan: “We are ready to host the European Championships at the highest level“.
Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of The Republic of Armenia, Mr. Vahram Dumanyan and deputy minister Mr. Karen Giloyan have received the EWF officials, occasion in which the Armenian authorities emphasized that it will be a great honor for their country to host the European Championships:
“Weightlifting is a very popular sport in Armenia and we can be proud of our success in this sport. We will be happy if the European Federation will entrust us with the right to organize this international tournament. You can be sure that we are ready to host the championships at the highest level“.
President Conflitti appreciated the involvement and visible support of the authorities in the efforts and steps taken by the Armenian Federation to organize the most important continental competition: “We see that the Armenian Government actively supports this hosting application. We visited Armenia for the first time, we got acquainted with the infrastructures, and I can say that they are more than satisfactory. Most probably, a final decision in this regard will be taken next May”.
EWF’s representatives were also received by the Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, Mr. Arayik Harutyunyan. He stressed that in case Armenia’s application will be accepted, the government will make every effort to organize and hold the tournament at a high level.
The visit was coordinated by the Secretary General of the Armenian Federation, Mr. Pashik Alaverdyan with whom technical aspects related to a possible organization were also discussed.
In the end, EWF officials visited the training facilities of the Armenian Weightlifting Federation where they met and wished success to the Armenian athletes.