By H. Tsatryan
First European Sports Festival kicks off
There will be family golf and mini-golf tournaments and a mountain biking race.

The first sport festival hosted by the Delegation of the European Union to Armenia was launched at the only golf club in Armenia. The goal of the festival is to promote a healthy and active lifestyle.

The first day of the European Sports Festival featured the first master classes devoted to family golf and mini-golf. While the participants were registering for the master classes, Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Switalski and Deputy Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of the Republic of Armenia Gabriel Ghazaryan struck the golf balls first. In fact, this was the Deputy Minister’s first attempt of playing golf.

“I am impressed. I will put my strengths to the test again. It was really interesting,” Gabriel Ghazaryan said, emphasizing the fact that the cooperation with the EU is important and must definitely be ongoing and engage more beneficiaries.

According to Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia Piotr Switalski, the first sports festival will stimulate people to participate in various tournaments and will foster the development of sport tourism since Armenia has appropriate and beautiful landscapes to compete with even the world’s top golf clubs.

“I learned how to play golf in Africa when I was in Kenya. The country is not wealthy, but there are 7 golf clubs in the capital alone,” Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Switalski stated.

To participate in the family golf and mini-golf tournaments, participants need to register in advance and take part in the master classes to be held from October 7 to 21. The competition stage will be held on October 22.

On October 7, a mountain biking race will be held for children and adults. The race will be held as part of the first European Sports Festival and with the participation of fan of the sport Piotr Switalski.