Leri Khabelov of Georgia is 50
10 July, 2014
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 to be the current president of GNOC.

Just as a brief reminder: Leri Khabelov is a famous freestyle wrestler who was born in Tbilisi on 5 July 1964. He is the champion of the XXV Olympic Games of 1992 in Barcelona and the silver medalist of the Seoul Games of 1988. Leri Khabelov is a five-time world
champion, one-time world bronze medalist, four-time champion of Europe, three-time USSR champion and the champion of the 9th sports contest of the Soviet Union. He won the World Cup in 1991. He was the world champion among the youth and juveniles. He holds the title of the USSR honored master of sports, which at that time, and even now, is considered the highest ranking sports title, equal to being an academician in science or a marshal in the military. Khabelov was decorated with Vakhtang Gorgasali Order of second class and with Order of Honor.
The press-conference hall of the Olympic headquarters in Tbilisi was packed with Georgia’s Olympians – both old and young. Among the guests was the world-renowned wrestler from North Ossetia Soslan Andiyev – the super-heavyweight gold medalist of the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. The warmest possible greetings were coming to Leri from everybody who was present at the event. The Georgian Olympic champions of the older generation - Robert Shavlakadze (high jump), Roman Rurua (wrestling), Mzia Jugeli (artistic gymnastics), Raphael Chimiskian (boxing), Guram Sagaradze (wrestling) and Davit Gobejishvili (wrestling)- cordially and proudly evaluated the Leri Khabelov’s significant contribution to the world and national sports.
It is difficult to imagine but small-size Georgia has a considerable number of Olympic champions in every generation, which this nation is deservedly proud of. Leri Khabelov is among these famous Georgian athletes of the world fame.

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