The Homenetmen Pan Armenian Games will officially open this Sunday–June 24 in Athens–Greece–and will run through July 31. The 2005 Games mark the 7th anniversary of the tradition–which are held once every four years.
Greece’s Minister of Interior–Public Administration–and Decentralization Affairs Prokopis Pavlopoulos–will open the ceremonies at the Olympic Softball Stadium. Prelate Bishop Khoren Doghramadjian will preside over the ceremonies.
Athletes will gather from around 16 countries–including Argentina–Australia–Bulgaria–Canada–Cyprus–Egypt–France–Greece–Lebanon–and the United States.
More than 400 Armenian men and women from throughout Homenetmen’s 20 regions will compete this year in basketball–volleyball–and swimming.
Though the Games initially offered competition in one sport (basketball or soccer)–the program gradually expanded after 1993 to also include a track & field–volleyball–and ping pong. Traditionally–the Games featured one or two of the events. The 2001 Beirut Games broke ground with three events. That tradition will continue at the 2005 Games.
Past Games have been held in Montreal and Toronto–Los Angeles–Washington–DC and New Jersey–Valance–France–and Beirut–Lebanon.