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Georgia Rugby Chief Merab Besilia has been arrested for shooting one of his own International stars in the governing body’s main offices.
The player in question is Ramaz Kharazishvili. The Rugby Union Vice President shot Kharazishvili in the shin. He has since had surgery.
Kharazishvili is the former captain of the international Sevens team. Recently, there have been many critics of the way the Georgia Rugby Union (GRU) has been run. Specifically, in terms of its funding and dispersion of funds. Kharazishvili has been one of the most vocal critics of this.
A dispute between Kharazishvili and Besilia broke out in the headquarters of the GRU on Wednesday which resulted in the latter shooting the international player. Accordingly, authorities arrested Besilia. Police have launched an investigation into the illegal purchase, possession, and carrying of a firearm and damage to health.
Acting President of the Rugby Union Tornike Gogebashvili stated that “Kharazishvili received injuries to his leg. His life is not in danger. All employees of the Rugby Union are co-operating with the police.”
Rugby is one the most popular sports in Georgia. In fact, the country has made it to four World Cups since 2003. Furthermore, they have been campaigning for a place in the 6 Nations competition for a long time.
Consequently, they are a worthy addition to the inaugural Autumn Nations tournament. In a group comprising of Ireland, Wales, and England, Georgia have a great opportunity to display their worth on a big stage. Thankfully, Georgia will still feature in the tournament.
BREAKING! #TheLelos to face @EnglandRugby, @WelshRugbyUnion & @IrishRugby in @autumnnations 2020 🏉#ბორჯღალოსნები 8 ერში! საქართველოს ნაკრები 'შემოდგომის ერთა თასი 2020' #რაგბიჩვენითამაშია #AutumnNationsCup2020 🏉 pic.twitter.com/mstHpaRQZV
— Georgian Rugby Union (@GeorgianRugby) September 10, 2020