SPORTING SPIRIT IN ARMENIA
photography & text by András Zoltai / 2018
Sports successes can represent the power of a nation’s identity, especially for a poor and isolated country like Armenia, possessing deep roots in sports since ancient times. In fact, the tragic history of Armenia (genocide, wars, earthquake) strengthened the consciousness of collective struggle in Armenians' mind. Practically, they must fight until the last breath in sports to keep their nation rising even in hard times. Sports also offer the only chance to break out from poverty for the impoverished living on the periphery of society. Unfortunately, infrastructure and training methods have not changed since the Soviet era; yet children and coaches remain highly optimistic and continue fighting for success. The winner takes it all – personal and material success, social respect, and most of all, glory for the nation of Armenia.
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