Georgia rugby chief Arrested
Georgian Rugby chief Merab Beselia has been arrested for Shooting his own country’s international star
Ramaz Kharazishvili ‘after row at the governing body’s headquarters’
Kharazishvili, 32, the former captain of the Georgian national Sevens team, underwent surgery after
sustaining a bullet wound to his shin and doctors have confirmed his injuries are not life-threatening.
Kharazishvili, who is the president of Kiketi-based club, Jankers, is reported to be a vocal critic of
the Georgian Rugby Union (GRU) and local media have claimed the shooting followed a dispute
between the two men.
Georgia rugby chief Beselia nor any representative of the GRU has commented on the incident except to
confirm that it took place.
‘Kharazishvili received injuries to his leg. His life is not in danger. All employees of the Rugby Union
are cooperating with the police’,
Tornike Gogebashvili, acting president of the Rugby Union told 1TV.ge.
This is the latest controversy to rock Georgian rugby ahead of the country competing in the
Autumn Nations Cup 2020, where they have been placed in Group A alongside England, Ireland, and Wales.
32 Georgian rugby clubs recently accused Interim President Giorgi Gorgaslidze of sabotaging efforts to
create a task force to deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the sport.
They were also reported to have criticized the GRU over how it spent state funding and for the protracted
election for a new president of the organization, having failed to hire one since January due to
internal disputes. Rugby is one of the most popular sports in Georgia, and the national team
has reached the world cup four times since 2003.