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In One Shot: Armenia’s Greco-Roman wrestlers in 1928


Photo: Mediamax


The older the photograph, the more intriguing the story behind it is, as a rule.

Unfortunately, not every story can be uncovered even by a thorough investigation.

That is the case for the heroes of this edition of In One Shot.

This photograph is kept in the Armenian State Institute of Physical Culture, but no one can tell the story.

We know that the picture was made in 1928, when Armenia was settling into the Soviet Union and local wrestling lovers tried to liven up the country’s sport life.

The photograph depicts one of the Greco-Roman wrestling groups, which were active in Yerevan at that time. Since the modern version of Greco-Roman wrestling was born in France, it is called “French” sometimes. In 1928, the wrestling teams in Yerevan used that name for the sport.

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