Tsaghkadzor Olympic Sports Complex

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Tsaghkadzor Olympic Sports Complex (Armenian : Ծաղկաձորի Օլիմպիական Մարզահամալիր), is a multi-sport training complex in the mountain resort town of Tsaghkadzor, Kotayk Province, Armenia. It was opened in 1967 a state-owned sports complex of the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic. It was entirely renovated between 2007 and 2008 with an estimated cost of US$ 8 million. [1]

Armenian language Indo-European language

The Armenian language is an Indo-European language that is the only language in the Armenian branch. It is the official language of Armenia as well as the de facto Republic of Artsakh. Historically being spoken throughout the Armenian Highlands, today, Armenian is widely spoken throughout the Armenian diaspora. Armenian is written in its own writing system, the Armenian alphabet, introduced in 405 AD by Mesrop Mashtots.

Tsaghkadzor Place in Kotayk, Armenia

Tsaghkadzor, is a spa town and urban municipal community, as well as one of the most popular health resorts in Armenia, located north of the capital Yerevan in the Kotayk Province. According to the 2011 census, the town has a population of 1,256, down from 3,350 reported in the 1989 census. Currently, the town has an approximate population of 900 as per the 2016 official estimate.

Kotayk Province Province in Armenia

Kotayk, is a province (marz) of Armenia. It is located at the central part of the country. Its capital is Hrazdan and the largest city is Abovyan. It is named after the Kotayk canton of the historic Ayrarat province of Ancient Armenia.

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History

The Tsaghkadzor Sports Complex was opened in 1967 during the Soviet days, through the efforts of the Soviet-Armenian gymnast and Olympic gold medalist Hrant Shahinyan. The complex was specifically designed and built to become the main venue to host the training campaign of the Soviet athletes for the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. [2] In 1986, the Tsaghkadzor ski resort was opened near the complex.

Hrant Shahinyan Soviet gymnast

Hrant Shahinyan, also known as Grant Shaginyan, was a Soviet Armenian gymnast. Specializing in the still rings and pommel horse, he is a two-time Olympic Champion, two-time World Champion and seven-time USSR Champion.

The 1968 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XIX Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event held in Mexico City, Mexico, from October 12 to the 27th.

Mexico City Capital City in Mexico, Mexico

Mexico City, or the City of Mexico, is the capital of Mexico and the most populous city in North America. It is one of the most important cultural and financial centres in the Americas. It is located in the Valley of Mexico, a large valley in the high plateaus in the center of Mexico, at an altitude of 2,240 meters (7,350 ft). The city has 16 boroughs.

On 22 May 1987 soviet-armenian athlete Robert Emmiyan jumped here 8,86m, which was registered second longest jump ever that time.

Robert Emmiyan Soviet long jumper from Armenia

Robert Emmiyan is a retired long jumper who represented the USSR and Armenia. He is the fourth best long jumper in history and the best long jumper not of African-American descent. His personal best jump of 8.86 metres, which he achieved in Tsakhkadzor in May 1987, is the current European record.

Entirely renovated in 2007, the Tsaghkadzor Olympic Complex is considered one of the most developed training facilities in Transcaucasia. It provides training areas for 35 types of sports including 2 regular-sized football pitches with athletics track, indoor sports hall, indoor swimming pool, diving pool, skiing and snowboarding tracks, fitness halls, modern hotel and sanatorium along with many other facilities. The centre is also home to a large training hall for individual Olympic sports including wrestling, judo, weightlifting, etc. [3] The complex hosts the annual competition of the "Best Sport Family" held every year during summer.

Transcaucasia geopolitical region located on the border of Eastern Europe and Western Asia

Transcaucasia, also known as the South Caucasus, is a geographical region in the vicinity of the southern Caucasus Mountains on the border of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. Transcaucasia roughly corresponds to modern Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. The total area of these countries measures about 186,100 square kilometres. Transcaucasia and Ciscaucasia together comprise the larger Caucasus geographical region that divides Eurasia.

The nearby ski resort is the centre of winter sports in Armenia. The skiing season in Tsaghkadzor normally starts in mid-December and stretches well into March with the top slopes often fit for skiing in April.

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Coordinates: 40°31′30″N44°42′40″E / 40.52500°N 44.71111°E / 40.52500; 44.71111

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