On 16 September Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan partook in the Stepanakert stadium at the opening ceremony of the cup contests of European record holders Igor Ter-Hovhannisyan and Robert Emmiyan.
In his speech President Sahakyan qualified the event as significant in the sport life of Artsakh.
"The contests are symbolic, as they bear the names of legendary professional sports athletes. Their brilliant victories on various international platforms, registered records have had tangible influence on the development of athletics bringing great fame to the homeland, inspiring the youth, empowering them to engage in sports and physical culture.
The Head of the State welcomed warmly Igor Ter-Hovhaniisyan and Robert Emmiyan and expressed gratitude to them for the special attitude and support to this part of the historic homeland.
President Sahakyan wished great success, accomplishments, all the best and new victories to the contestants.