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How countries reward Olympic medalists [Infographic]

Visual.ly, a data visualization website posts an infographic on how countries reward their athletes for winning Olympic medals. According to the website, Since 1992, athletes have been allowed to accept cash awards from their governments, national olympic committees or private foundations that are their partners.

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Tbilisi to host UEFA Super Cup 2015

Great news for Georgian football fans – the UEFA Executive Committee has awarded UEFA Super Cup to Tbilisi in 2015. The UEFA Super Cup is an annual football match between the reigning champions of the Champions League and the Europa League. The game will be held at the newly renovated Mikheil Meshki Stadium.

This won’t be the only big sports event that Tbilisi will host in 2015, same year European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) will also take place in Georgia’s capital. The question is will the Georgian Football Federation enlarge Mikheil Meskhi Stadium or not, because currently it can only host up to 27,000 people. In the meantime, check out the promotion video for the Uefa Super Cup 2015 Tbilisi:

Georgia’s goal in three languages

On March 26, Tbilisi Boris Paitchadze National Stadium hosted a EURO 2012 qualifications game between Georgia (72nd in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking) and Croatia (8th in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking). The stadium was full, and hundreds were left outside.

First half lacked action, however second was very dramatic. Both teams had interesting moments but only one managed to win. 30-seconds long combination was finished by one of the most experienced players in Georgian team – Levan Kobiashvili. He scored an unexpected goal on 90th minute.

This is how commentators reacted to Kobiashvili’s goal in three languages:

This video was recorded by on of the fans when Kobiashvili scored:

Georgian national team will face Israel on 29th of March in Tel Aviv.

Football: Georgia – Croatia 1:0

Late goal by Levan Kobiashvili earned Georgia win over Croatia. Kobi finished a 30-seconds long combination with an amazing goal on 90th minute. It was a breathtaking moment for all Georgians on the national stadium, in Tbilisi and abroad. Here are some photos and a video of the surprising goal by Levan Kobiashvili.

People started to gather in front of the Boris Paitchadze National Stadium two hours before the game:

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Number of tourist increased in Georgia’s ski resort – Gudauri

After 2 months of no snow on Georgia’s ski resorts, it finally began to fall in the end of January, 2011. According to local sources the number of tourists in Georgia’s ski resort Gudauri, which is at elevation of 2,200 meters, has significantly increased. The snow is 20 cm high which is enough for skiing.

Locals say that most of the tourists are foreigners from Lithuania, Estonia, Netherlands, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and other countries. Tourists say they have heard about Gudauri from commercials.

According to visitors prices are convenient. Rope-way ticket costs start from 21 GEL ($11) for elderly and 15 GEL ($8) for children. For a complete skiing set person should pay 30 GEL ($17). Those who cannot ski may take a lesson from a trainer which will cost them 30 GEL ($17) per day.

Prices in family-owned hotels start from 50 GEL ($28), room for two in an average hotel costs $100. Tourists say prices are lower than in hotels in Tbilisi.

Follow this link to view live cams of Gudauri.

The slopes of Gudauri are above the tree line and are best for free-riders. The ski season lasts from December to April. Heliskiing is also available throughout the season.

Georgia to compete with Russia on Eurobasket 2011

Today, January 30, 2011 drawing for Eurobasket 2011 has been held in Vilnius.

Georgia got in group “D” alongside with Slovenia, Russia, Belgium,  Bulgaria and Ukraine.

The Eurobasket draw for 2011 is:

Group A: Spain, Turkey, Lithuania, Great Britain, Poland, Qualifier 2

Group B: Serbia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Latvia

Group C: Greece, Croatia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzigovina, Qualifier 1

Group D: Slovenia, Russia, Belgium, Georgia, Bulgaria, Ukraine

EuroBasket 2011, will be the 37th regional championship held by FIBA Europe. The competition will be hosted by Lithuania.

Georgia to host 2015 European Youth Olympic Festival

On November 26-27, 39th European Olympic Committees (EOC) assembly was held in Belgrade, Serbia. It was attended by 49 National Olympic Committees. During the second day of works assembly has elected the cities that will host 2015 European Youth Olympic Festivals (EYOF). The 12th winter festival will take place in Austria and Liechtenstein. The bid for 13th summer festival was won by Tbilisi, Georgia against Brno, Czech Republic, who were competing for the second time. Tbilisi received 26 votes as opposed to 21 that was given to Brno. According to insidethegames, despite negative relations, Georgia’s bid was supported by a Russian delegation too.

The assembly was attended by a wide Georgian delegation, including Olympic champions, dancers and singers who have staged a 10 minute show. Mayor of Tbilisi – Gigi Ugulava was one of the attendees who expressed his readiness to hold the festival in 2015.