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Georgians are warming up for Palavnoba championships
7 Dec 2017 13:30
A bit outside of the scope of judo is the Georgian Wrestling style Chidaoba. It’s hugely popular in Georgia and considered as a talent pool for judoka and wrestlers. Many judoka started with Chidaoba. The local championships in Chidaoba is being held at the end of every year and is called "Palavnoba". This weekend in Tbilisi the next tournament of Palavnoba will take place.
This is the Georgian championship and extremely prestigious. Every strong wrestler in Georgia tries to take part and to win this competition. Many famous wrestlers won those competitions in the past. All time hero Alexander Davitashvili won Palavnoba 8 times, more than anyone in Georgia. But also Georgian judo stars like Shota Chochishvili, Shota Khabareli, Adam Okruashvili and recently Beka Gviniashvili were successful. It is a prestigious tournament in Georgia comparable to the All Japan Judo Championships Open weight.
The sport is inherited generation over generation, hidden in the veins of the Georgians.
Also Greek Olympic Champion Ilias Iliadis, born in Georgia as Jarji Zviadauri did Chidaoba and especially together with his cousin Zurab Zviadauri both were fighting and winning the tournaments in Chidaoba. The final prize is a lamb.
Olympic medallist Georgy (Gia) Tenadze who beat legendary Toshihiko Koga at the 1988 Seoul Olimpics has a reputation in Chidaoba as talent scout. Tenadze and his brother Anzor Tenadze found a little boy at the field of Chidaoba at the sawdust floor during his fight. The little amazing boy's name was Beka Gviniashvili.
Guram Tushishvili won Palavnoba 2017
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