World, Europe champion Simon Martirosyan is among Armenia’s 10 best athletes of 2019, who have been awarded AMD 5m each.
He has talked with the press after the ceremony, noting that such events encourage the athletes and highlight their responsibility.
“We have to perform well and give our country the best representation in tournaments. I am happy to see that the government supports sport in our country,” said Martirosyan.
He has touched on PM Nikol Pashinyan’s remark that Armenia has to have 25 Olympic champions by 2050. “There are many promising young talents, who can win medals, but we need better conditions to have more champions,” said Martirosyan.
The weightlifter has added that his key goals for 2020 are winning the European title (it will be his 3rd) and getting the gold in the Olympic Games.