Shavarsh Krissian was born in Beshiktash on July 22, 1886. He received his primary education at the Makrouhian blended (co-educational) School of the neighborhood. On September 6, 1897, his brother sent him to the American High School, a boarding school in Bardizag. He moved from there to Robert College (Constantinople), where he started to develop a strong passion for sports. There he met Krikor Hagopian, the future famous athlete and others, who not only encouraged him, but also advised him that he should devote himself to athletics. Through Hagopian, Krissian built connections with Professor Debonne, the head of Paris Lycee Janson, and followed his physical education classes through correspondence. In 1906 he left for Paris and attended his classes for six months. Then, with the help of friends, he moved to London, where he stayed for two and a half years. During his leisure time, he always exercised and in 1909 he returned to Constantinople.
Krissian taught sports in various schools and encouraged the opening of gyms in the neighborhoods. With the aid and advice of friends who were dedicated to sports, he tried to spread the taste and love of physical education among different Armenian social classes. Moreover, due to these friends, Krissian undertook the publication of "Marmnamarz.”
The newspaper was the nucleus and Krissian was one of the most passionate workers in it. The movement had started, it had to be organized and regulated and Krissian followed the adopted path without any hesitation.
Many people backed Krissian. There were notions, ideas, and desire to work, but there was no unity. Each sports group was enveloped by itself. He took advantage of the situation, brought together all the forces regardless of their different directions and beliefs, and united them in his newspaper “Marmnamarz.” In 1911, through a periodical, Krissian preached about the training of Armenian females, and made sports mandatory in schools. He also proposed to unite the existing Armenian sports organizations and football groups.
In 1914, during the catastrophic days of World War I, Shavarsh Krissian was accepted by the French Consulate as a volunteer soldier in the French army. Unfortunately, due to an illness, his departure from Constantinople was delayed and this incident had a fatal consequence. Along with many intellectuals, he was exiled and martyred in Ayash, without fulfilling his dream of creating an Armenian athletic organization.