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A Georgian Giant in Love with a Barbell
“If I continue to grow at the same rate, in three years I will definitely be among the top five of the strongest men in the world."
Chrikishvili is the world’s greatest judoka
The International Judo Federation released its world rankings. Georgian judokas are leading in two weight classes.
“Foreigners simply cannot forget Georgian wine, khachapuri and khinkali” - Zaza Pachulia
There are still cases when Zaza Pachulia is believed to hail from the state of Georgia – after all, he has been playing in NBA for nine years.
How Georgians came late and drunk to a meeting with God
Shota Arveladze is one of the best Georgian footballers of all time, who has plied his trade in Turkey, UK, Spain and the Netherlands. He has many foreign friends
“There is no such thing as disability!” - Meet the blind man who conquered Europe’s Highest Peak
International Mountain Day will be celebrated in Georgia on December 11th. Embassies of Switzerland and Germany will hold a special event for the occasion.
Strong Men, Records-Men!
Strong Men, Records-Men!
Georgia’s National Powerlifting Team won 19 medals at the World Cup held in Kiev, bringing back 14 golden, three silver and two bronze medals, as well as setting several world records.
Temur Ketsbaia is leaving National Georgian Football Team
Georgia’s national football team headed by Temur Ketsbaia will hold the last session today. Ketsbaia’s team will play against the Polish football team.
The Life of “Gugenman” – From Greatness to a Tragic End
Guram “Gugenman” Gugenishvili, a heavyweight MMA fighter, was tragically killed in a car crash. He was 28 years old.
Kola Kwariani – “Nick the Wrestler,” Chess Expert and Former World Champion
Many people know of Stanley Kubrick, one of the most famous and innovative 20th-century American movie directors. I doubt it is possible to meet many people
Georgian “mermaid” is a record-holder!
Choreographer, historian and now a record holder, Rusudan Gordeziani, 28, swam non-stop for 25 hours and 15 minutes — 73 kilometers all the way from Sarpi to Anaklia.
Georgia defeats Czech team 73:62 in the 1-st stage of European Basketball Championship
Georgia’s National Basketball Team has defeated a Czech team with a final score of 73:62 in the first stage of European Championship.
Georgian swimmer who can not see possesses 17 medals
“I thought that I would undergo surgery and my sight would return to me, but…”
Leri Khabelov of Georgia is 50
The Georgian National Olympic Committee hosted a special conference dedicated to 50th anniversary of a Georgia’s legendary athlete Leri Khabelov, who also happens
“Even J-Lo could not save the opening ceremony”
Exclusive interview with Lasha Oniani, Georgian director who worked on the opening ceremony of UEFA Champions League Final three times – in 2003, 2006 and 2009.
Where to watch, enjoy and cheer for World Cup 2014 in Tbilisi
The World Cup is slowly picking up the speed. Every fan experiences a sea of emotions each day. Expected and unexpected results bring both joy and devastation to thousands of people.
KINGkladze: I Regret Nothing…
Georgian Football Legend on Man City, Noel Gallagher, Maradona and his incredible talent wasted away

He shone like a diamond among the representatives of a generation of outstanding talents but he could not fulfill even half of his potential… In recent years the Manchester City became stronger with the money of Arab Sheikhs, winning over more than one star but the fans will never forget Kinki or KINGladze (King of Maine Road).
Georgian Olympic Corner
* Georgian Boxer in Nanjing-2014 Youth Games
Georgia will also have a competing boxer in the approaching Summer Youth Olympics. Giorgi Kharabadze (69 kg) showed the best result among the Georgian boxers in the world youth championship in Sofia, Bulgaria. To be licensed for Nanjing 2014, an athlete had to be among the first six contenders. Maximum three licenses were allotted to each country. Kharabadze won two battles and lost in the 1/8 finals from his Uzbek rival. It seemed like the chance to go to Nanjing was lost, but fortune was on our side. The Ukrainian team won four licenses for Nanjing-2014 – one beyond the allotted national quota. Ukraine refused from participating in this particular weight category and as a result, the license was awarded to Giorgi Kharabadze.
Georgian Olympic Corner
* Outstanding success of Georgian Judo wrestlers
For the third time in succession, Georgian Judo wrestlers won the title of European champions. At the European Judo championship, which took place in France, the Georgian athletes defeated the Russian national team with a score of 4 to 1 in the finals of the group tournament. In the personal competition, Avtandil Chrikashvili and Varlam Liparteliani became European Champions, while Amiran Papinashvili and Adam Okruashvili gained silver medals. Avtandil Chrikashvili’s judo hold was recognized as the best throw of the championship. The championship revealed the best national team and the best coach of 2013. The Georgian team and the Georgian coach Irakli Uznadze were awarded these titles. The members of the National Judo team were welcomed at the airport by their fans and representatives of the Judo Federation and the Ministry of Sports.
Wings for Life World Run under way in Georgia
The unique event Wings for Life World Run is under way in Kakheti. Hundreds of thousands of runners in 40 countries of the world
19 bids received for UEFA EURO 2020

UEFA has announced that by the 25 April deadline set out in the bid regulations, it had received final bid dossiers to host the UEFA EURO 2020 from 19 member associations representing 19 candidate cities. The UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament will be staged in 13 cities across Europe, following a decision taken by the UEFA Executive Committee in January 2013. The matches will be split into 13 different packages, with 12 standard packages, including three group matches and one knockout round (round of 16 or quarter-finals), and one package for the semi-finals and the final.
International Sports News Potpourri
* Looking for host of 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup
FIBA, the world governing body for basketball, announced the launch of the international tender process to identify the host nation for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, with an invitation to express an interest distributed to all National Federations. The FIBA Basketball World Cup is the flagship event of the basketball calendar, with a global TV audience of 800 million across 171 countries. The 2019 event marks a new era and will see its greatest field of 32 countries line up, increasing the pool of world famous stars and global appeal of the event. The 32 countries will meet for 16 days of competition, playing 92 games in total. National Federations have the opportunity to bid for both 2019 and 2023 editions of the FIBA Basketball World Cup if FIBA decides to award both events at the same time. The bidding process to host the 18th edition of the FIBA’s flagship event in five years’ time is open to all of its member national federations. Those that want to express an interest have until 9 June 2014 to make their submission.
2.57 million Tickets already allocated to fans
A total of 2,577,662 tickets for the 2014 FIFA World Cup have already been allocated through all sales phases and channels to date (including the hospitality program and other constituent groups). The second period of the 2nd First Come First Served phase closed today with a total of 301,929 tickets allocated for the circa 345,000 tickets originally available, which went primarily to residents of Brazil, USA, Colombia, Australia, Argentina and England (in this order).
Georgian-Russian couple at Figure Skating World Championship
A Figure Skating World Championship has started in Japan. The competition was opened by couples skating, with some of the strongest skaters replacing each other on the ice.
“PRESIDENT CALLED AND REQUESTED…”

Why did the elected president resign from his post seven years ago?

Former captain of the Georgian National Football team, Giorgi Nemsadze, is a member of the City Council. Everybody remembers quite well how he was the elected president of the Football Federation when Saakashvili was in power and how he was replaced the same day. What happened then? The veteran halfback played 69 matches for the national team, including the one against the German national team – a current rival of the Georgian team in the qualifying cycle. We started the interview with this issue:

Georgian World Champion Kickboxing
Davit Kiria knocked out Andy Ristie in the fifth and final round of their Lightweight title fight at GLORY 14 on 8 March, which was aired via tape delay on Spike TV. The Georgian fighter was overwhelmed by emotion after his sensational comeback win, fulfilling a childhood dream of becoming champion, the Mmania website informs. 
The GLORY Lightweight title - the first in the promotion’s history - was up for grabs on Saturday afternoon at the Arena Zagreb between the GLORY 13 tournament winner Andy Ristie and the No.3-ranked Davit Kiria.
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A group of media representatives set aside their microphones, video cameras and voice recorders for a day to try their skills
The National Library of Georgia created a digital archive of all Kviris Palitra newspaper issues published during its 18-year history.
The Georgian Office of the United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner organized a media workshop in the town of Sighnaghi, informing reporters about cases of prisoner torture and health complications due to their mistreatment in the penitentiary system.
Lelo, the sports newspaper held a celebration at its offices for the publication of its 14,000th issue.
Manager of the Public Broadcasting Channel 1 Giorgi Baratashvili responded to allegations of the head of the news service of the channel Khatuna Berdzenishvili regarding her dismissal from the position on political grounds.
Head of the Public Broadcasting Channel 1 News Service Khatuna Berdzenishvili announced during a special briefing held on March 1 that she had been relieved of her position by the Manager of the channel Giorgi Baratashvili.
The United States Ambassador Richard Norland granted certificates to graduates of the 1-year certification and 2-month internship courses at the Radio Liberty Media School.
The new talk show Iron Ladies by Tina Kandelaki premiered on Russia's NTV channel on February 17. Kandelaki and Margarita Simonyan were presenters of the show which lasted for 40 minutes and was dedicated to the recent Chelyabinsk meteorite shower incident.
Many BBC journalists have gone on strike for 24 hours in a dispute over compulsory redundancies. The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) said it called the strike after failing to reach an agreement with management over the redeployment of 30 staff members facing compulsory redundancy.
NBC’s Al Roker scored a split-second, wild chat with President Obama and got a handshake from Vice President Biden during the inaugural parade on Monday.
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