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Nodar Kumaritashvili bobsleighing track to be built in Georgia2010-02-15 11:10
In Georgia, in Bakuriani settlement, where Nodar Kumaritashvili was born, a bobsleighing track will be constructed. This young Georgian sportsman died shortly before the beginning of 21st Olympics in Vancouver.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia, met with the Georgian sportsmen and made this statement.
"I want to express my gratitude to each of you that you still presented yourself at the opening ceremony. Our country does not live joyfully and it absolutely needs people like Nodar Kumaritashvili. No matter how big the tragedy is, we have to compete with others and fight for the victory," the Georgian leader said.
Live and work round the clock, and if necessary we must sacrifice our lives like Nodar for the sake of our country. Georgia has never had such a big team on the Olympic Games. This is the most difficult sport. A great tragedy had happened; we have lost a very good and handsome boy. We have to do everything for him. He would be glad if Georgia became winner. The Prime Minister of Canada announced a moment of silence. All the heads of states, among them the Vice President Joe Biden were here. Everyone is shocked. I am proud of your brevity. The whole world was applauding you today", he stated.
According to Georgian TV companies, aside from building a track, authorities of Bakuriani decided to hold annual tournaments after Nodar Kumaritashvili.