TBILISI, February 04. /ITAR-TASS/. A part of the Georgian Olympic delegation took off on Tuesday from an airport in Tbilisi to the resort city of Sochi, where the 2014 Winter Games blast off with an opening ceremony on Friday.
The Georgian Olympic delegation, which will consist of up to 20 people including four athletes, will arrive to the Games in two parts.
The first part, which left on Tuesday, includes Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee Emzar Zenaishvili, committee’s Vice President Mamuka Khabareli and the head of the committee’s department of foreign relations, Rusudam Aptsiauri.
Speaking to journalists before departing for Sochi, Khabareli said “the first part of the Georgian delegation plans to take care of organizing issues before the opening of the Olympics.”
“The rest of the Olympic delegation, which includes three athletes, their coaching staff and heads of the national winter sports federations, will join us on February 6,” Khabareli said adding that the fourth athlete, figure skater Elene Gedevanishvili, would arrive in Sochi on February 14 from the United States, where she trained for the Olympics.
Besides Gedevanishvili, the Georgian Olympic team of athletes includes downhill skiers Nino Tsiklauri, Alex Beniaidze and Iason Abramishvili.
Georgian media earlier reported that Tsiklauri will be the flagbearer of the national team at the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics, which run between February 7 and 23.
Tuesday’s direct charter flight between the Georgian capital of Tbilisi and Russia’s Sochi is the first since 2008, when both countries suspended all flights as a result of diplomatic contradictions. Charter flights to Moscow from Georgia’s Tbilisi, Batumi and Kutaisi were resumed in 2010 and starting this year the Russian authorities allowed direct charter flights from Georgia to Sochi.