Georgian police arrest rugby official on suspicion of shooting player

Georgia’s Rugby Union Vice President ‘Merab Beselia’ has been arrested on suspicion of shooting former captain of the Georgian national sevens team ‘Ramaz Kharazishvili’ on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old was shot in the leg at the sport’s governing body’s offices in Tbilisi and underwent surgery as a result.

According to doctors, the injuries that Kharazishvili sustained are non-life threatening.

Prior to the shooting, a dispute occurred between the two men according to local media.

Although a popular sport in Georgia, Kharazishvili has recently been a vocal critic of the Georgian Rugby Union, as it was reported last month that his Jankers club was one of the 32 Georgian clubs to accuse interim President Giorgi Gorgaslidze of damaging efforts to set up a task force that would help Georgian rugby cope with the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Georgian police have now launched an investigation into the alleged illegal purchase, possession and carrying of a firearm, and damage to health.

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