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National Championships close the year for Georgia

26 Dec 2017 20:20

   Christian Fidler

Just after the world celebrated Christmas time, judo doesn’t stop. At 27-28 December the national Championships of Georgia will take place at the Tbilisi Judo Academy. One of the powerhouses in judo with recently three victories at the IJF World Masters, will look forward to strong championships, but some of the top favourites have already finished their year.

One of the interesting categories in Tbilisi will be U90kg with the return of the  Avtandil Tchrikishvili after a severe injury. Tchrikishvili will compete along with Beka Gviniashvili, the winner in St. Petersburg at the Masters and favourite U90kg. Ushangi Margiani won’t be fighting.

U60 Lukhumi Chkhvimiani will be among the favourites as Amiran Papinashvili will be absent. Vazha Margvelashvili won’t fight U66kg. Lasha Shavdatuashvili will fight for the gold U73kg and U81kg Zebeda Rekhviashvili and Nugzari Tatalashvili will battle for the title.

National hero Varlam Liparteliani had his last event in St. Petersburg which he closed with gold and nearly won the world number one rank on top of it. Also Guram Tushishvili won’t be on the tatami. Tushishvili was one of the sensations of this year. +100 Levan Matiashvili seems to be the favourite for the title.

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