Georgian wins sumo wrestling championship in Japan

by | January 28, 2018

TBILISI, DFWatch--A 30-year-old Georgian unexpectedly won a sumo wrestling championship in Japan. Levan Gorgadze clinched his first ever victory in the highest division, Makuuchi. Gorgadze, who competes under the ring name (shikona) Tochinoshin,


Six far right activists arrested during anti-gay protest at football federation

by | November 1, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Six far right activists were arrested Tuesday night at the office of the Georgian Football Federation's (GFF) in Tbilisi, as they protested the wearing of a rainbow colored LGBT armband by one of the national team members. The right wing nationalists demand that the federation


Georgian world boxing champion arrested in the US

by | June 9, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian world boxing champion has been arrested in the United States along with a martial arts practicioner, also from Georgia, for alleged ties to a Russian crime syndicate. Avtandil Khurtsidze, who currently holds a World Boxing Organization middleweight title,


Georgian judo team takes two gold at Düsseldorf Grand Prix

by | February 27, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian judo team performed brilliantly at Düsseldorf Grand Prix with two gold medals and second place ahead of Russia and France. The team from Japan won the competition with five gold medals. Vazha Margvelashvili (-66 kg) and Beka Gviniashvili (-90 kg)


Zviad Gogochuri wins Georgia’s first ever Paralympics gold

by | September 11, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Zviad Gogochuri on Saturday took gold in the men’s 90kg judo competition at the Rio Paralympics. This is the first gold by a Georgia athlete in the Paralympics since the country became independent in 1991. In the final,


Georgia’s Nino Khomeriki 2nd time European chess champion

by | August 29, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Nino Khomeriki has become European youth chess champion for the second time. Yesterday’s win at the European Youth Chess Championship in Prague, Czech Republic, is the second time Khomeriki claims the title.


Geno Petriashvili wins bronze in men’s frestyle 125kg wrestling

by | August 21, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--Geno Petriashvili from Georgia won bronze in men's freestyle 125 kg wrestling in the Rio Olympics on Saturday. This is Georgia’s seventh medal in the games: two gold, one silver and four bronze medals. In the final, Petriashvili won against Tervel Dlagnev


Georgia’s Khinchegashvili wins Olympic gold in freestyle wrestling

by | August 20, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Vladimer Khinchegashvili won gold in men's freestyle 57 kg wrestling at the Rio Olympics on Friday. Georgia now has two gold medals in the games. In the final, Khinchegashvili faced Japan’s Rei Higuchi, who got silver. The first round


Miraculous weightlifter wins first Gold for Georgia in Rio, beating World Record

by | August 17, 2016

  TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian weightlifter competing in the heaviest, +105 kg, category won the country's first Olympic gold in these summer games, setting a new world record, while his teammate from the same weight category won bronze. Lasha Talakhadze,


Wrestler Bolkvadze wins bronze, Georgia’s third medal in Rio

by | August 17, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Shmagi Bolkvadze took bronze in the Rio Olympics Tuesday in the Men's Greco-Roman 66 kg wrestling. Georgia now has two bronze and one silver medal. The two other medals were won in Judo. Bolkvadze competed against Japan’s Tomohiro Inoue,


Georgia takes second medal at Rio Olympics

by | August 11, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Varlam Liparteliani won silver medal in men's 90 kg judo at the Rio Olympics. This is the country’s second medal in the games. Liparteliani defeated Gwak-Dong Han from South Korea in the semi-final, but in the final round, he was


Georgia’s triumphant judo win over Russia eight years after war

by | August 10, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia won its first medal in the Rio Olympics on Tuesday, as Lasha Shavdatuashvili claimed the bronze medal in men’s 73kg judo. He defeated Sagi Muki from Israel in the final rounds. Earlier, he defeated Denis Yartsev of Russia in the quarter finals,


Georgian team won European judo championship

by | April 25, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s National Judo Team won the European Judo Championship in Kazan, Russia. In the final competition, the Georgian male judo team won 3:2 against the Russian team. The victories were won by Nugzar Tatalashvili, Avtandil Chrikishvili


Georgian football official dies after being hit by police car

by | December 22, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian football official died in a car accident Tuesday morning. Davit Petriashvili (46) was hit by a police car in the center of Tbilisi and died on the spot. Petriashvili who used to manage relations between the Georgian Football Federation


Georgian Football Federation elects new president

by | October 4, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--A lengthy and intense debate in the Georgian Football Federation Saturday ended in the election of Levan Kobiashvili as new president. GFF’s former president Zviad Sichinava resigned after the UEFA Super Cup match in Barcelona-Sevilla in Tbilisi.


Georgian professional NBA player signs contract to train youth in Tbilisi

by | August 22, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Sports Ministry has handed a property in Tbilisi to a Georgian who is a professional NBA player in the United States, playing for Dallas Mavericks. Zaza Pachulia, who is also captain of Georgia’s national team, plans to establish


UEFA Super Cup: Barcelona-Sevilla ends 5-4

by | August 12, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Barcelona won last night’s UEFA Super Cup 5-4 against Sevilla, which was played at Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi. It was the team’s fifth Super Cup win in a row. Sevilla scored the first goal, but Barcelona scored three goals, ending the first half 3-1.


Embattled president of Georgian Football Federation resigns

by | August 12, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The head of the Georgian Football Federation resigns after an epic UEFA Super Cup in which Barcelona beat Sevilla during extra time with a final score 5-4. "As it is in Big Football, a person should leave on his peak," Zviad Sichinava, Georgian


Tbilisi gearing up for UEFA Super Cup between Barcelona and Sevilla

by | August 11, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Everything is set for this year’s UEFA Super Cup final between Barcelona and Sevilla. It begins at 22:45pm at Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi. Before the match there will be a display of Georgian folk dances and a rendition of the UEFA Super Cup anthem.


Host country Georgia takes ten medals in Jr Olympics

by | August 2, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia won ten medals in the European junior Olympics, which ended in Tbilisi on Saturday. Four gold and six bronze went to the home nation in this year’s European Youth Olympic Festival. Nine of the Georgian medals were in judo, while one


Tbilisi 2015: Georgia takes two more gold medals in Jr Olympics

by | July 31, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch-Georgia took two more gold on Thursday in the European junior Olympics which are currently being held in Tbilisi. Mzia Beboshvili won in 52kg women’s judo category, defeating her opponent Ilse Buren from the Netherlands. “Everyone


Youth Olympics: Georgia takes five medals in judo

by | July 30, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia has won five medals so far in the European Youth Olympic Festival, which is being held in Tbilisi. All medals, one gold and four bronze, were won in judo. Robinzon Beglasrishvili Wednesday won gold in men’s 60kg category,


Tbilisi Olympic festival not prepared for people with special needs

by | July 27, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The European Youth Olympic Festival does not have proper infrastructure for people with special needs, according to Georgia’s ombudsman. Rustavi 2 reported Sunday that wheelchair users and others with special needs who wanted


European Youth Olympic Festival opened in Tbilisi

by | July 27, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The European Youth Olympic Festival opened in Tbilisi Sunday evening. About 1,500 people attending the opening ceremony at Mikheil Meskhi Stadium. The ceremony lasted about two hours and included Georgian national dances


Ticket sale for UEFA Super Cup ends

by | July 13, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Ticket sales for the August 11 UEFA Super Cup match between Sevilla and Barcelona ended at 5:15am Sunday, leaving thousands of fans disappointed. 22,089 tickets were sold at booths. When ticket sales opened at 9am on Sunday,


Thousands waited for UEFA Super Cup tickets

by | July 12, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Several thousand people showed up in Vake Park near Meskhi stadium on Saturday to buy tickets for the UEFA Super Cup match between Sevilla and Barcelona in Tbilisi on August 11. The Georgian Football Federation (GFF)


Georgians lining up to buy tickets for UEFA Super Cup

by | July 11, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Hundreds of Georgia fans rushed to line up in Tbilisi’s Vake Park to secure seats for the UEFA Super Cup match between Barcelona and Sevilla a day before ticket sales starts. Tickets for the match should have been sold online weeks in advance,


Azerbaijani football supporters take revenge on Georgians with map

by | July 10, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Azerbaijani football supporters took revenge against their Georgian counterparts on Wednesday by holding a poster with a subtle political message during a match in Gabala. A few days ago, Georgian supporters trampled on an Azerbaijanian


Tbilisi almost ready to host UEFA Super Cup

by | July 8, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Dinamo Stadium is now ready for the August 11 UEFA Super Cup match between Barcelona and Sevilla, the mayor of Tbilisi said after a session of the organizing committee on Tuesday. Mayor Davit Narmania said his city is ready to host the Super Cup


Tickets for UEFA Super Cup to be sold from booths starting Sunday

by | July 8, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Tickets for the UEFA Super Cup match between Barcelona and Sevilla will be sold from booths in Tbilisi, starting July 12 at 9am. Tickets will be available only in booths at Mikheil Meskhi stadium in Tbilisi after the website


Georgian football fans accused of trampling on Azerbaijanian flag

by | July 4, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian football fans are accused of having insulted supporters of the visiting team by trampling on an Azerbaijanian flag after a match between Dinamo and Gabala in Tbilisi on Thursday. The UEFA Europa League qualifier ended 2-1 to the


Online ticket sale of UEFA Super Cup tickets opens, and closes

by | July 1, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Online ticket sale for the August 11 UEFA Super Cup match between Barcelona and Sevilla began Tuesday morning, but was stopped in the evening due to technical problems. The site began selling tickets at 9am, but at 9pm


80% of UEFA Super Cup tickets will be reserved for Georgians

by | June 26, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--80% of tickets for the August 11 UEFA Super Cup match between Barcelona and Sevillia in Tbilisi will be sold exclusively to Georgians. Only 6,000 tickets will be earmarked for visiting football fans from abroad. Eka Eloshvili, spokesperson for Georgian

Sport given 48 hours to solve UEFA Super Cup ticket mess

by | June 24, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The website responsible for selling tickets to the August 11 UEFA Super Cup between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC has been given 48 hours to solve its technical problems. Zviad Sichinava, President of the Georgian Football Federation, told journalists that the tickets won’t

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Website selling UEFA Super Cup tickets goes down

by | June 22, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The website, which is responsible for selling tickets for UEFA Super Cup 2015, went down Monday morning. Administrators claim they have been the target of a cyber attack and that enormous amounts of users have tried to enter the site at the same time.


Georgian sports commentator fired for mangling football match

by | June 11, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Public Broadcaster has fired a sports commentator who made several mistakes during an under-19 football match between Georgia and Portugal. He mixed up the players, teams and also the score. Even though he later apologized, Sandro


Eight detained in Georgia for match-fixing

by | May 5, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Police in Georgia detained eight persons on Tuesday for match-fixing. Some of the detainees are football (soccer) players. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the detainees include the president of the football club Stu Tbilisi,


Georgian team wins women’s world chess championship

by | April 30, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The World Women’s Team Chess Championship 2015 was won by Georgia, with Russia and China in second and third place, respectively. The Georgian team consisted of Bela Khotenashvili, Meri Arabidze, Nino Batsiashvili, Lela Javakhishvili


Top Georgian football team disqualified because it is broke

by | April 23, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian Football Federation (GFF) has banned one of the country's top teams from taking party in national championships after it stayed away from a match due to financial problems. GFF decided this after Zestaponi FC violated the rules


Georgian kickboxer accused of robbery in Russia

by | February 16, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian athlete and four time world champion in kickboxing was detained in Moscow last month, accused of robbery. Russian media outlets report that Irakli Gvinjilia is accused of stealing 70,000 Russian rubles, or about USD 1,000, from someone

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Georgian takes gold medal in World Judo Championship

by | August 29, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Avtandil Chrikashvili, 23, won a gold medal in the 2014 World Judo Championship on Thursday in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Chrikashvili won six fights and in the end defeated Antoine Valois-Fortier from Canada in the men’s half middleweight

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Georgia qualifies for EuroBasket with 71-59 win against Portugal

by | August 28, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s basketball team won 71-59 against Portugal on Wednesday and is qualified for FIBA 2015. The Georgian team is now on top of Group E with four wins and two losses, followed by Czech Republic, Hungary and Portugal. Georgia’s

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Georgia’s basketball team won 79-59 against Hungary

by | August 25, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s national basketball team won 79-59 against Hungary on Sunday, in a qualification match for the 2015 FIBA EuroBasket. The Georgian team was only losing for one quarter of Sunday’s match. Tornike Shengelia played best among the teammates

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Georgia’s basketball team won against Portugal

by | August 18, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s national basketball team Sunday evening won against Portugal in a qualification match for FIBA EuroBasket 2015 played at Arena Dolce Vita in Ovar. Georgia won 90-91, which was quite surprising as the team was losing the game almost before the fourth

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Georgia beats Czech Republic 73-62 in EuroBasket qualifier

by | August 11, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s basketball team won 73-62 against the Czech Republic on Sunday in a qualification match for FIBA EuroBasket 2015. There was a scuffle during the match. On one of the tribunes, Georgian fans started a quarrel. It didn’t last long,

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Rights groups want tougher reaction to chauvinistic football fans

by | August 5, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--A number of human rights organizations in Georgia have united under the name ‘No to Phobia’ and want the government to show a tougher attitude to what happened during a football match between Georgian and Azerbaijani teams a few days ago.

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Georgian and Azerbaijani football supporters clash in Baku

by | August 1, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch-UEFA has issued a 15,000 euros fine to a Georgian football team after its supporters clashes with supporters of an Azerbaijanian team in Baku. The clashes took place during and after a qualification match for UEFA Europe League. After the match, another

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Georgian and Turkish football players clash in Tbilisi

by | July 25, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian and Turkish soccer players clashed in Tbilisi on Thursday, during a qualification match for UEFA Europe League. Georgia’s Chikhura defeated Turkey’s Bursa with a score 4-1 in a penalty shoot-out. The scuffle started when a Georgian

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Georgian wins European junior wrestling championship

by | June 19, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian wrestler Tarzan Maisuradze on Tuesday won the European junior wrestling championships in Katowice, Poland. Maisuradze won in Men's Junior Freestyle 74 kg, defeating Konstantin Gkontsis from Greece, Murat Erturk from Turkey,

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Riot interrupts football match in Georgia

by | March 10, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--A match of Georgia’s National Football Championship in Kutaisi between old rivals, local FC Torpedo and Dinamo Tbilisi, was interrupted by the riot of Torpedo fans who flooded the field and attacked Dinamo players and their fans. The score was 2-0 in

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Figure skater Elene Gedevanishvili in 17th place at Sochi

by | February 20, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian figure skater Elene Gedevanishvili Wednesday ended up in 17th place in the Sochi Olympics. The 24-year old competed in the short program against 30 athletes at Iceberg Skating Palace. Gedevanishvili received 54.70 point from the jury. That

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Georgian Nino Tsiklauri finishes 49th in giant slalom

by | February 18, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian alpine skier participating in the Sochi Winter Olympics competed on February 18 and finished in 49th place. Nino Tsiklauri is one of four Georgians taking part in the Games, and was flag bearer for the Georgian team. Tuesday, she competed

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Georgian wins judo gold at Grand Slam Paris

by | February 10, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Avtandil Chrikashvili won a gold medal at the Judo Grand Slam Paris 2014 tournament. Two other Georgians, Amiran Papinashvili and Varlam Liparteliani, won silver medals. Chrikashvili defeated competitors from Netherlands, France, Japan

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Georgia to not send officials, only athletes to Sochi Olympics

by | December 7, 2013

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian athletes will participate in the Sochi Winter Olympics, but the country will not send an official government delegation. Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili said a few days ago in an interview with Russia Today that only Georgian athletes

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Boycott Sochi petition has gathered over 8000 signatures

by | October 10, 2013

TBILISI, DFWatch--A petition calling for Georgia to boycott the Sochi Winter Olympics has gathered over 8000 signatures. The petition was started by local non-governmental organizations. ISFED and Transparency International Georgia do not exclude that there will

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Abkhazia and South Ossetia will not take part in Olympics

by | September 30, 2013

TBILISI, DFWatch--The two Georgian breakaway regions Abkhazia and South Ossetia will not take part in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics as independent nations. Georgia’s National Olympic Committee has received a letter from the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

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France-Georgia ends 0-0 at Tbilisi stadium

by | September 7, 2013

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia played 0-0 against France in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match Friday. The teams met at Dinamo Stadium in Tbilisi. Goalkeeper Giorgi Loria successfully blocked what could have been a goal, and the game ended in a draw. “I am proud

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Tottenham beats Dinamo Tbilisi 0-5

by | August 23, 2013

TBILISI, DFWatch--Dinamo Tbilisi lost Saturday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur 0-5. The play-off match for UEFA Europa League was held at Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi. Tottenham scored in the 13th minute and added one more goal in the first half. By the end of the second half, the team scored three more goals; the fifth in the 67th minute. The London team arrived in Georgia on Tuesday and held practice matches at Dinamo Arena. Dinamo Tbilisi and Tottenham will meet again on August 29 at the White Hart Lane in London. Last time Tottenham visited Tbilisi was in 1973, when it met Dinamo Tbilis at Locomotivi Stadium. The match ended 1-1.

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Tottenham plays against Dinamo Tbilisi Thursday

by | August 22, 2013

TBILISI, DFWatch--Dinamo Tbilisi plays against Tottenham Hotspur at 20:00 today at Dinamo stadium in Tbilisi. The London team arrived in Georgia on Tuesday and left the airport without comment. Practicing matches were held at Dinamo stadium. The match is part of the

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Georgia loses 0-1 to Serbia in U19 championship

by | July 24, 2013

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s on Tuesday lost 0-1 to Serbia in the European under-19 football championship in Lithuania. This is the first time Georgia has qualified and the team is now in third place in group B with one point after a 0-0 match against France. Serbia remains on top

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Georgia’s U19 team gets first point in UEFA championship

by | July 22, 2013

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s U19 football team played 0-0 against France on Sunday, gaining its first points in the European championship in Lithuania. “I’m really dissatisfied with the first half of the match. The other half was better,” Georgian U19 coach

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Former AC Milan player Kaladze played farewell match

by | June 1, 2013

TBILISI, DFWatch--The farewell match of former AC Milan player Kakhi Kaladze on Friday ended with Kaladze’s friends losing 1-3 to Milan. Kaladze, who is Energy Minister now, played for Milan against his friends, a team which was mainly filled by well-known Georgian

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Update: Former AC Milan player Kaladze’s farewell match

by | May 23, 2013

TBILISI, DFWatch--Former AC Milan player Kakhi Kaladze's farewell match on May 31 is getting closer and people are already queuing to buy tickets. Davit Mujiri, who coordinates the organizing of the match, on Wednesday held a press conference to give more details

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Former AC Milan player Kaladze’s farewell match May 31

by | May 4, 2013

TBILISI, DFWatch--Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Costacurta, Andriy Shevchenko, Demetrio Albertini, Alessandro Nesta, these are among the confirmed names for football players who will take part in the farewell match of former AC Milan player and current Minister

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Georgia best nation in European Judo Championships

by | April 29, 2013

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia won the 2013 European Judo Championships for men with three gold, three silver and one bronze medal, followed by Russia with one gold, one silver and one bronze and France with one gold and six bronze. The Georgian team won a gold medal

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