2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Figure skater Elene Gedevanishvili in 17th place at Sochi

By | February 20th, 2014|Categories: News, Sport|Tags: , |

Elene Gedevanishvili. (Interpressnews.) 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 […]

Georgian Nino Tsiklauri finishes 49th in giant slalom

By | February 18th, 2014|Categories: News, Sport|Tags: , |

Nino Tsiklauri in the giant slalom competition Tuesday. (Interpressnews.) 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 […]

Athlete from Georgian breakaway region ‘born in Russia’

By | February 10th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian Olympic Committee has complained to the International Olympic Committee about a Russian athlete’s biographical details. The website of this year’s winter games incorrectly indicated that Marika Pertakhiya, who represents Russia […]

Olympic graphic shows Georgia with foggy breakaway regions

By | February 8th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: |

The controversial map with Abhkazia and South Ossetia covered by fog. TBILISI, DFWatch–When Georgia was presented during the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi yesterday, the two breakaway regions Abkhazia and South Ossetia appeared covered by fog on a map used in the on-screen graphics. Georgians were concerned about the […]

South Ossetia restricts medical trips to Georgia during Olympics

By | February 6th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–In and around the Georgian breakaway region South Ossetia, disagreement over a de facto border may place further burdens on ordinary people around the time of the Winter Olympics. The reason is that the region’s border guards are tightening security […]

Georgia held its own Olympic oath ceremony in Tbilisi

By | February 5th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: |

Georgia’s Olympic team took the oath before leaving for Sochi. (Photo published by Georgia’s Olympic Committee.) TBILISI, DFWatch–As Georgian athletes are making their way to the Russian city Sochi to take part in the Winter Olympics, they have just held their own oath ceremony in Tbilisi. On Monday, alpine skier Nino Tsiklauri held one corner of the Olympic flag as she read out the athlete’s oath in a ceremony held at the office of the Georgian National Olympic Committee in Tbilisi. She will be flag bearer for the Georgian team. […]

Russia moves disputed state border near Sochi

By | January 20th, 2014|Categories: News, Security|Tags: , |

The River Psou. (Photo: elephantr.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Russia has created a temporary border zone in the disputed Georgian region Abkhazia. The measure is said to be temporary in connection with the Winter Olympics in nearby Sochi. According to the Georgian Foreign Affairs Ministry, Russia has moved its […]

National Movement to rally Georgians against Russia

By | January 13th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

National Movement spokesperson Andro Barnovi. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The National Movement is planning a series of anti-Putin demonstrations in several cities and towns, but first wants to meet with the people. The party’s spokesperson Andro Barnovi said on Monday that the government is passive as the Winter Sochi […]

Poll: 66% of Georgian want athletes to participate in Sochi

By | December 19th, 2013|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

Downhill skier Nino Tsiklauri and three other Georgian athletes will take part in the Olympics. (ambebi.ge.) TBILISI, DFWatch–66 percent of Georgians approve of the decision by the government that Georgian athletes will participate in the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics, while 17 percent disapprove of this decision. 16 percent didn’t answer. In September 2013, 76 percent supported this […]

Direct flights between Tbilisi and Sochi during Olympics

By | December 9th, 2013|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Tbilisi Airport. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian Airways will offer direct flights between Tbilisi and the Olympic village Sochi from February 4, 2014, in connection with the upcoming Winter Games. There will be flights between Tbilisi and Sochi every Tuesday and Thursday until May. The […]

Georgia to not send officials, only athletes to Sochi Olympics

By | December 7th, 2013|Categories: News, Sport|Tags: |

Figure skater Elene Gedevanishvili and three other Georgian athletes are participating in the Sochi Winter Olympics in less than two months. (Interpressnews.) 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 […]

New Georgian president ponders going to Sochi Olympics

By | November 12th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

President-elect Giorgi Margvelashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The newly elected president of Georgia is considering showing up at the winter Olympics in Sochi, despite his country’s strained relationship with Russia. A few days ago, president-elect Giorgi Margvelashvili said in an interview with Russia’s […]

Ivanishvili says Georgia might boycott Olympics

By | October 15th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishivli says that ‘if it becomes necessary’, Georgia will refuse to take part in the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics, but that more time is needed to make a decision. The PM said this during an interview on Channel 1’s […]

Several rallies in Georgia to protest against Russian occupation

By | October 14th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Sabina from Sweden performing in Tbilisi Sunday. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A number of protest rallies and events were held in Georgia last weekend to protest against Russian occupation and Georgia’s participation in the Sochi Winter Olympics. On Saturday, there was a rally outside the government offices in Tbilisi, where […]

Boycott Sochi petition has gathered over 8000 signatures

By | October 10th, 2013|Categories: News, Sport|Tags: , |

Paata Zakareishvili. (Interpressnews.) 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 […]

Petition calling on Georgia to boycott Sochi Olympics

By | October 8th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A petition launched today in Georgia demanding to boycott the Sochi Olympics has quickly gathered more than 1500 signatures. The petition, which originates in Tbilisi’s NGO circles, appeals to Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, Sports Minister Levan Kipiani […]

Georgia weighing for and against participation in Sochi Olympics

By | October 7th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–News that a military pilot declared a hero by Russia for his service in the Russia-Georgia war in August 2008 will be torch bearer for the Sochi Winter Olympics has caused a strong reaction in Georgia. The announcement has increased […]

Russian 2008 war hero to be Olympic torch bearer

By | October 7th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–One of the first Olympic torch bearers for the Sochi Olympics will be Ivan Nachaev, who Russia has granted status as hero for his participation in the Russia-Georgia war of August 2008. According to Russian media, Nachaev is a pilot, whose plane was […]

Abkhazia and South Ossetia will not take part in Olympics

By | September 30th, 2013|Categories: News, Sport|Tags: |

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) […]

Ivanishvili: border reinforcement has to do with Olympics

By | September 27th, 2013|Categories: Caucasus region, News|Tags: , , |

Bidzina Ivanishvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili says the moving of the border line near the villages Ditsi and Dvani is connected to security around the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics. His comments were made on Wednesday while meeting economic analysts at his business […]

Government downplays A, SO Olympic ‘recognition’

By | September 25th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

Davit Jalaghania. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Two government spokespersons in Georgia Tuesday sought to downplay the significance of a news report that the Georgian breakaway regions will take part in the Olympics as independent nations. Georgia was planning to send a note of protest after the […]

Olympic Committee lists Abkhazia and South Ossetia as countries

By | September 18th, 2013|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The public broadcaster in Georgia on Tuesday reported that the Russian Olympic Committee has listed Abkhazia and South Ossetia as separate countries to take part in the winter Olympics in Sochi in February. “This is very unpleasant precedent and we […]

Russian suspect in Batumi shooting on Sochi ‘dangerous persons’ list

By | September 17th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A suspect detained for a street shooting in Batumi on a list of 88 persons considered a security threat to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. The list presents persons who are allegedly involved in extreme activities and terrorism, and includes Yusuf […]