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No use trying to boycott the Olympic Games in Sochi

2009-08-27 09:37

3769.jpegVarious statements made by the Georgian parliamentarians about "how we can punish Russia" impress with their absurdity, not to say more... This time, it was Chairman of the Georgian Parliamentary Committee for External Relations Akaki Minashvili (see photo) who has distinguished himself.

"After the Russian aggression, our primary concern is to prevent the Olympic Games 2014 in Sochi. We are actively cooperating with the international organizations on the matter. In case the decision is not altered, the democratic countries should set up a boycott against these Olympic Games", - Mr. Minashvili stated.


There is something painfully familiar in the appeals of this politician representing Saakashvili's regime. The new initiative resembles the excitement about the Eurovision-2009 contest held in Moscow. Tbilisi then publicly announced its desire to hold an alternative song festival. Well, the outcome of this festival is well-known to everyone. However, none of the participating countries ignored the Moscow competition, while Georgia never gathered more or less popular singers. In other words, it was another "nothing".

Meanwhile, Tbilisi immediately supported the new idea of disruption of the Olympic Games in Sochi. "Georgia has got a legal right to appeal to the international community and to call to set up a boycott against the Sochi Olympic Games", - political expert Soso Tsintsadze stated.

Georgia had already made several attempts to disrupt the Games in Sochi before. For instance, in November 2008, the country applied to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with a request to carry over the winter Olympic Games 2014 from Sochi for the sake of safety. Then, the Georgian Parliament Committee for Sports and Youth applied to the Latvian Seima subcommittee for sports, requesting to support the idea of canceling the winter Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014; however, Latvia did not support the boycott. Considering the fact that Latvia refused to go on a leash of the Georgian opponents of Olympic Games in Sochi, the boycott is hardly going to be welcomed by the countries whose preference of Saakashvili's regime is not as distinct as in Riga.

After that, the Georgian authorities "changed their tune" and started stressing safety considerations. "Sochi is a very dangerous place. We are not trying to boycott the Sochi Games, we are just asking IOC to carry them to a safer place", - Vice President of the National Olympic Committee of Georgia Ramaz Goglidze stated then. Does this statement mean that the Georgian special services are able to venture dangerous provocative acts in order to disrupt the winter Olympic Games 2014?

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