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    ARMENIA: "PARTICIPATING IS THE FIRST STEP"

    ScubaWeb, Italy
    April 26 2006

    This is the first participation in the French Olympique Week for
    Armenia. The youngest "ISAF" nation, Armenia was affiliated in 1995.

    In HyŤres 3 boats are representing this new independent country
    (independence in 1991): two Lasers and a 470 Men helmed by Michel
    Zakarian, Olympic Sailing Team Manager and technical director. French
    from Armenian origins, Zakarian is sailing since 1974. Since 1999 he
    has set his goal on developing sailing in Armenia. "The affiliation
    at ISAF was a first step. The Armenian President gave 2000 sq m of
    land on the shore of Lake Cevan to build the Sailing centre. We have
    2 main objectives, developing a sailing team who can represent Armenia
    at International competitions and also to develop sailing as a sport in
    Armenia. There are only 3 main Olympic sports: Wrestling, Weightlifting
    and Boxing. Lots of work needs to be done and can not be achieved
    without international help. We need to find a partner to build our
    centre, find second hand equipment...There is still a lot to achieve
    but for us the important step is to be there and to participate."

    --Boundary_(ID_NOW78GPLX2VKj4VSIehh Hg)--
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