GEORGIAN ATHLETICS FEDERATION JOINING WORLD ATHLETICS IN CELEBRATION OF KIDS’ ATHLETICS DAY 2023
World Athletics and its Member Federations aim to engage 400,000 kids in athletic activity on Kids’ Athletics Day 2023 to counter worrying global inactivity rates Georgian Athletics Federation is pleased to announce that it will be joining World Athletics in inviting kids across Georgia to MOVE, PLAY, EXPLORE in celebration of Kids’ Athletics Day 2023. An annual celebration which takes place on 7 May, Kids’ Athletics Day is a global day entirely dedicated to celebrating children and young people being active by participating in athletics. Kids’ Athletics Day is the cornerstone of World Athletics’ Kids’ Athletics programme - uses the power of athletics to inspire children and young people, wherever they are, to be more active, develop their skills and confidence, and to connect with sport for life. Kids’ Athletics is one of the biggest grassroots development programmes in the world of sport and since the original Kids Athletics Programme was launched in 2002, it has been implemented by more than 100 Member Federations and has reached an estimated cumulative audience of more than 13 million children and young people. In order to celebrate the day, Georgian Athletics Federation has a number of exciting activities planned including: Running, Jumping, and Throwing. We invite everyone taking part in the day’s events to share images from their own celebrations using the hashtag #KidsAthleticsDay.
THE 28TH EUROPEAN ATHLETICS CONGRESS IN BELGRADE
Dobromir Karamarinov (BUL) was re-elected as the European Athletics President for the next four years from 2023 to 2027 at the 28th European Athletics Congress in Belgrade, Serbia on April 22, 2023. The three Vice Presidents elected were Cherry Alexander (GBR), Jean Gracia (FRA) and Karin Grute Movin (SWE). To ensure a gender balance, for the first time ever there was the constitutional requirement of two representatives of each gender to be elected to the combined positions of European Athletics President and Vice President. Consequently, for the first time ever in the 53-year history of European Athletics, there are two female Vice Presidents. The following 13 Council members were elected: Slobodan Brankovic (SRB), Frank Carreras (GIB), Raul Chapado (ESP), Anne Farseth (NOR), Marton Gyulai (HUN), Tia Hellebaut (BEL), Anna Kirnova (SVK), Jürgen Kessing (GER), Stefano Mei (ITA), Gvantsa Mikeladze (GEO), Antti Philakovski (FIN), Erich Teigamägi (EST) and Aleksandra Vojneska-Zikova (MKD). The European Athletics Constitution requires that a minimum of five members of each gender is represented on the European Athletics Council.
EXTRAORDINARY STATEMENT OF THE GEORGIAN NATIONAL ATHLETICS FEDERATION
On August 3, during the Tokyo Olympics games, a horrible and unacceptable fact has been identified. Unfortunately, Georgian athlete Benik Abramiani was reviled to have a case of using prohibited substances. Despite constant anti-doping seminars and various warnings, a fact has been detected in our sports family. The Athletics Federation expresses its sorrow over this fact. Once again federation condemns the use of prohibited substances in sports and apologizes to our fans and the sports family for this incident. We would also like to inform you that the last control check of Benik Abramiani was conducted on July 1, where the result was negative. From today, the federation begins to study and investigate when or under what circumstances a prohibited drug could be found in an athlete's body. Upon the arrival of the team, detailed issues will be clarified directly with the athlete, coach, team doctor, and an extraordinary meeting of the board will be held on August 13 this year. Severe decisions will be made at the session, both for the athlete and all potential participants. Once again we apologize to the fans and condemn similar actions in the sports world. Hopefully, this will be the last, hardest fact in the history of Georgian athletics.
IAAF WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS
On 16th of July in Nairobi (Kenia) was held IAAF World Youth Championships. Saba Khvichava was participating in the event 2000 m/steeplechase. He was ranked on the 6th place with personal best result 5:52.64
BALKAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
On 1-2 July in Pitest (Romania) was held Balkan Junior Championships. Georgian Athlete Giorgi Mujaridze (Shot Put) participated, where he took the second place with the result 19.52m.
COACHES HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE COURSES
From 30 October till 10 November, in the Athletics Palace, Georgian Athletics Federation has conducted CECS Level I “Coach U16” courses, with the support of Olympic Solidarity and IAAF. 24 coaches have participated in the courses (18 men and 6 women), who have passed it with success and were awarded with the corresponding certificates. The certificates were handed by the General Secretary of National Olympic Committee – Mr. Emzar Zenaishvili, Georgian Athletics Federation First Vice-President – Mr. Vasil Berisvhili and lecturers –Mr. Emelianov Vasilii (MDA) and Mr. Konestyapin Volodymyr (UKR). According the lecturers the courses were held with great success and they were satisfied with the results. Moreover, the coaches mentioned that such educational courses were vital for their progress and experiences. The representatives of NOC and MF stated that the conducting courses are significant for the development of the sport in the country.
BRONZE MEDAL IN THE EUROPEAN ATHLETICS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS (3RD LEAGUE)
In the history of Georgian Athletics Federation Georgia received the Bronze Medal in the European Athletics Team Championships (3rd League) and gained promotion into the Second League.
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
On January 27, at 12:00 pm, at the office of Athletics Federation (Address: Tsereteli 95 a) was signed the most important memorandum of understanding, which will be primarily directed for the development of athletics in the country’s regions. Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Athletics Federation, the city hall of Kutaisi, the European Athletics Association and the Balkan Athletics Association which foresees the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Kutaisi Stadium, that gives opportunity to create corresponding environment for development of athletics and organize different international and local events as well. The memorandum of Understanding was signed by the President of the Athletics Federation Aleksi Akhvlediani, The Deputy Mayor of Kutaisi Municipality Mr. Nodar Mikiashvili, the First Vice President of European Athletics Association and the President of Balkan Athletics Association Mr. Dobromir Karamarinov. Mr Dobromir is sure, the reconstruction of the stadium will allow to host different international events of European Athletics and Balkan Athletics in Kutaisi.
THE TENTH ELECTION CONGRESS OF GEORGIAN ATHLETICS FEDERATION
On December 1, 2016, at 12 pm, at Athletics Palace the tenth election congress of Georgian Athletics Federation was held. The new president Aleksi Akhvlediani was unanimously elected. The first vice-president Vasil Berishvili and vice-president Leo Gugeshashvili had also been elected. The General Secretary of the Georgian Athletics Federation will be Aleksandre Japaridze.
BOARD MEETING OF GEORGIAN ATHLETICS FEDERATION
On November 1, at 11:00 am, at the office of the Georgian Athletics Federation, was held the board meeting. The board discussed the upcoming elections and adopted unanimously the following decisions: 1. On December 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm, at the Georgian Athletics Federation (Tbilisi, Tsereteli Avenue 95 a.) the elections will be held during the congress. 2. The Authorized bodies of Georgian Athletics Federation, who are defined by the Charter, no later than 16 November 2016, 18:00 pm, at the Federation's Secretariat should submit the candidates of the President, the First Vice President and Vice-President.
GEORGIAN ATHLETE - DAVID KHARAZISHVILI'S VICTORY
On October 16, the capital of Armenia once again hosted Yerevan Half Marathon. Together with the international athletes Georgian Olympic marathon runner David Kharazishvili was also participating in the event, who won the competition with the result 1 hour 9 minutes and 30 seconds.
GEORGIAN ATHLETES OLYMPIC TEAM IN RIO
Athletics at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad organized in Rio de Janeiro will be held during the last 10 days of the games, from 12–21 August 2016, at the Olympic Stadium. 5 athletes will represent Georgian National Olympic Team during the games.
1 . Bachana Khorava (Long Jump) Qualification - 12 August 21:20 (13 August 04:20 Georgian Time); Final - 13 August 20:50 (14 August 03:50 Georgian Time)
2. Lasha Torgvaidze (Triple Jump) Qualification - 15 August 09:30 (15 August 16:30 Georgian Time); Final - 16 August 09:50 (16 August 16:50 Georgian Time)
3. Benik Abramyan (Shot Put) Qualification - 18 August 09:55 (18 August 16:55 Georgian Time) Final - 18 August 20:30 (19 August 03:30 Georgian Time)
4. Valentyna Liashenko (High Jump)- Qualification 18 August 10:00 (18 August 17:00 Georgian Tome) Final - 20 August 20:30 (21 August 03:30 Georgian Time)
5. Davit Kharazishvili (Marathon)- 21 August 09:30 (21 August 16:30 Georgian Time).