Olympic champion Lasha Talakhadze named Georgia’s best athlete of the year
27 December, 2016
Olympic champion Lasha Talakhadze named Georgia’s best athlete of the year
Rio Olympics champion, the winner or World and European championships and current world record holder Lasha Talakhadze was named the best athlete of the year by the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs of Georgia. The ceremony was held at Hualing hotel, where various sports personalities and federations were awarded.

There were nine nominations:

Zviad Pataridze was named the best young athlete; Zviad Gogochuri and Irma Khetsuriani won in the category of the best para-athletes; Andrey Zinchenko became the winner in
non-Olympic disciplines nomination; Edisher Machaidze became the best referee; The Best Sports Federation category was won by Judo Federation; Georgian National Basketball Team was named the best team; Anastasia Gottfried was named the best woman athlete; Giorgi Asanidze was recognized as the best coach and Lasha Talakhadze was name The Athlete of the Year.
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Sports Minister Tariel Khechikashivli awards Lasha Talakhadze

Besides, seven nominees were given special gifts:

The best manager – the Vice President of Football Federation NIkoloz Jgarkava.

The discovery of the year – Zaza Nadiradze, the participant of Rio Olympics in rowing.

The best international – Zaza Pachulia, the Captain of Georgian National Basketball Team.

For the contribution to the sports medicine – Giorgi Chumburidze, the doctor of Georgian National Rugby Team and the medical staff of Olympic Team.

The best company – Socar.

Besides, the representatives of Georgian Embassy in Brazil and the Ambassador Otar Berdzenishvili were given special prizes for their support during Rio Olympics.

Georgian National Rugby Team of Juniors was named the best junior team of 2016.

The event organized by the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs was attended by the representatives of the government, sports federations and business sector.

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