Georgia Asks International Olympics Committee to Shift 2014 Olympic Games from Sochi to Another City
Georgia, Tbilisi, November 19/ Trend , corr N. Kirtskhalia/ National Olympics Committee of Georgia and Georgian Olympians ask International Olympics Committee (IOC) to shift Winter Olympic Games of 2014 from Sochi to another city. Special appeal has been worked out which will be announced in IOC conference to be held in Istanbul, chief of National Olympics Committee of Georgia Giya Natsvlishvili told press conference on November 19. The Georgian delegation will leave for Turkey tomorrow.
"We are not boycotting Sochi Olympic Games. We ask IOC to shift Olympic Games to safer place," Natsvlishvili said.
"In one's time Georgia supported holding of Olympic Games in Sochi, but the situation was not so dangerous at that time. I Russia does not fulfill commitments undertaken to the international community, it can not hold Olympic Games in Sochi impartially. Otherwise, no one will hold responsibility for security of sportsmen and trainers. We do not control Abkhazia and if something happens in this territory during Olympic Games, we will not be able to hold responsibility for this," Natsvlishvili added.
He said special emphasis must be laid on the fact that intervention of the Russian troops to Georgia coincided with the beginning of summer Olympic Games in Beijing. It points to the fact that Russia used Olympic Games in order to distract attention from its aggression, he noted.
"We call you to make such a decision which will enable to hold 2014 Winter Olympic Games in a peaceful manner," an appeal said.
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