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Georgia Rugby Chief Arrested For Shooting Major Star in The Leg After Fight in His Office

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Georgian police arrested Merab Beselia, vice-president of the country's rugby union, over the shooting of Ramaz Kharazishvili, a player.

On Wednesday, September 16, Kharazishvili, 32, the former captain of the Georgian national team Sevens, was shot in the leg at the sports governing body offices in the capital of Tbilisi.

The competitor was rushed to a hospital where, after suffering a gunshot wound to his thigh, he underwent surgery.

Local media confirmed the shooting took place after a disagreement between Beselia and Kharazishvili, who is said to be a Georgian Rugby Union (GRU) outspoken critic.

'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


Local media said the shooting occurred after a dispute between Beselia and Kharazishvili, who is said to be a vocal critic of the Georgian Rugby Union (GRU).


Georgian police are investigating the illegal purchase, possession, and carrying of a firearm and damage to health in the shooting.


The incident comes as Georgia prepare to compete at the Autumn Nations Cup 2020.


It was reported that 32 Georgian rugby clubs recently accused Interim of sabotaging efforts to create a taskforce to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sport.


They also have criticised the GRU over how it spent state funding and the organisation's inabilty to hold an election for a new president, having failed to hire one since January due to internal disputes.

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