Wednesday, December 8

A Georgian parathlete, out of Tokyo 2020 after being arrested for assault

  • Judoka Zviad Gogotchuri allegedly attacked a security guard and was expelled from the competition

The parathlete Zviad gogotchuri, who was a gold medal in Rio 2016 in the category -90 kilos in judo, has been kicked out of Tokyo 2020 after being arrested this week in the Japanese capital for allegedly attacking a security guard, the organizing committee reported today. The 34-year-old judoka, who was supposed to compete in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo in the -100 kilos category, was arrested last Monday after being accused of break the rib of a sexagenarian sworn vigilante last August 12.

On car day, the security of the Tokyo hotel where Gogotchuri and other Georgian parathletes were quarantined after a member of his delegation tested positive for covid-19 they were struck by the noise what the judoka and other companions were doing while they consumed alcohol in the hallways of the accommodation. Gogotchuri allegedly attacked one of the guards and fractured his rib.

The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee announced that it has also sanctioned one of the parathletes who were drinking at the hotel and that he will not be allowed to train for 3 days. The organization has said it has issued a serious warning to the 15 parathletes who were staying at the hotel and the Georgia Paralympic Committee for their conduct.

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Georgia already starred in another incident during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which ended on August 8. During the event, two judocas of this nationality, Vazha Margvelashvili and Lasha Shavdatuashvili (who were silver at -66 kilos and -73 kilos, respectively), they broke the sanitary protocol established and left the Olympic Village to do tourism in the Japanese capital, something that athletes were forbidden. Georgian judo thus lives a black month, since this same week Zurab Zviadauri, gold in -90 kilos in Athens 2004 and the first Olympic champion since Georgia is an independent country, was arrested on suspicion of shooting three people to death.

Some 4,400 parathletes are scheduled to participate in the Tokyo Paralympic Games between August 24 and September 5. They will also be held under a strict health protocol that, as in the Olympic Games, will mean the absence of the public in the stands at a time when Japan experiences its worst wave of infections with Tokyo under the umpteenth health alert.

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