About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 22:13 - 28 Nov.'14
 
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Georgia Confirms Participation in Sochi Olympics
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 2 May.'13 / 19:08

Georgian National Olympic Committee endorsed unanimously on May 2 to take part in 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

Such a decision was expected from the committee, especially after Georgia’s PM Bidzina Ivanishvili stated for number of times that he was in favor of Georgia’s participation in the Olympic Games in Russia.

President of the Georgian National Olympic Committee, Leri Khabelov, said that politics and sports should be separated and athletes should not be deprived of an opportunity to contest one of the major sporting events. 
 
Although never saying it directly that Georgia should boycott Sochi Olympics, President Saakashvili was always indicating that the venue for 2014 Olympic Games was problematic.

“It is a huge problem, because just few kilometers from the Olympic site Russia has officially, on the political level legalized ethnic cleansing [in Abkhazia],” Saakashvili said in February, 2011. “In this sense they have problems, but this problem was not created by us.”

When asked during an interview with the Czech news channel ČT24 in October, 2011 whether Georgia would boycott the Sochi Olympics or not, Saakashvili responded that it was not up to him, but up to the Georgian National Olympic Committee to decide.

He, however, again stressed that the Sochi was just next to Abkhazia where ethnic cleansing took place and also added: “It’s also the place where the Cherkess genocide took place.”

In 2011 Georgia became the first and so far the only country, which has recognized the 19th century massacre and deportations of Circassians by the tsarist Russia in the northwest Caucasus as “genocide”.
 
Georgia was itself competing for hosting 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Borjomi and Bakuriani. But after Georgia’s bid was eliminated, President Saakashvili said in February, 2007, that Georgia would support Russia’s bid to hold the Olympics in Sochi.

Saakashvili said in February, 2011 Georgia supported “openly and with huge enthusiasm” Sochi’s bid, “because I thought that it would have helped us avoid those negative trends which were already obvious at the time, especially in respect of Abkhazia.”

Latest News
28 Nov.'14 22:13
GD Rejects UNM’s Draft Resolution on Ties with Russia
The draft was calling for scrapping Karasin-Abashidze talks, and joining Western sanctions against Russia.
28 Nov.'14 17:09
In Debates on Surveillance Bill, Usupashvili Calls for Interior Ministry Reform
Countering PM, Usupashvili said concept of strong police being prerequisite for strong state is “wrong.”
28 Nov.'14 12:45
PM Hails Endorsement of Surveillance Regulation Bill
He welcomed passing of the bill with its first reading as “right decision” for the state.
28 Nov.'14 11:48
PM: ‘Stronger Interior Ministry Means Strong State’
“My slogan is strong Interior Ministry, strong state, strong Georgian special services,” Garibashvili said.
27 Nov.'14 23:46
Parliament Endorses Govt-Backed Surveillance Bill
GD parliamentary majority voted down competing bill, tabled by the Republican Party.
27 Nov.'14 15:49
Girgvliani Case-Related Charges Filed Against Saakashvili
This is the latest in series of criminal charges filed against Georgia’s former president since late July.
27 Nov.'14 02:38
GD Divided as MPs Debate Surveillance Regulation Bill
Opposition MPs, as well as some GD lawmakers are against of govt-backed bill.
26 Nov.'14 23:39
Latvian FM Lays Out EaP Riga Summit Goals
“We definitely want to see Riga Summit as a visa liberalisation summit,” Rinkēvičs said in Tbilisi.
26 Nov.'14 11:45
Karasin on New Treaty Between Moscow and Sokhumi
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister expressed hope that dialogue with Tbilisi will continue.
25 Nov.'14 22:20
Latvian President Visits Georgia
President Bērziņš is accompanied by government members and a large group of Latvian businessmen.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2013, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
53