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Georgian prime minister does not rule out his attending Sochi Olympics as guest

May 14, 2013, 18:13 UTC+3
He said that so far he had received no official invitation but, in his words, “it is possible to come without an invitation”
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TBILISI, May 14 (Itar-Tass) - Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili said on Tuesday he did not rule out that he might attend the Olympic Games in Russia’s Sochi in 2014 as a guest.

He said that so far he had received no official invitation but, in his words, “it is possible to come without an invitation.”

“Olympic delegations of countries are often led by heads of government or state. You’d better ask me if I go to Sochi later, after all, there are seven months ahead of the Games,” he told a news conference. “By that time, many things may change for the better in the Georgian-Russian relations.”

A session of Georgia’s National Olympic Committee on May 2 took a unanimous decision to take part in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Leri Khabelov, the president of the Georgian National Olympic Committee then noted that the decision was taken “proceeding from the unity of the International Olympic Movement and the interests of the Georgian sport.” The heads of all Georgian federations of the Olympic sports voted for Georgian participation in the Sochi Olympics. They noted that a boycott of the Sochi Olympics would not be rights both in terms of sports and in terms of politics.

Khabelov said earlier that Georgia’s “previous authorities did everything for the country not to participate in the Sochi Olympics, and, on the contrary, the new Georgian government and the country’s National Olympic Committee have done their best for Georgia to participate in the Sochi Olympics and this step was supported on the international scene.”

 

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