Today, on November 21, press-conference hall of the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia hosted a joint media conference by Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Levan Kipiani and President of Georgia Rugby Union George Nijaradze, who made two very important announcements:


World Rugby Development Award 

On November 17, London hosted annual World Rugby Conference and Exhibition incorporating a special festive function during which 15 new members were inducted to the World Rugby Hall of Fame and prestigious World Rugby Development Award was passed to former Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili for his outstanding contribution to development of the Game in Georgia.

Development Award presentation video run at the Award Ceremony credited Bidzina Ivanishvili for his vision and generous support, which played a crucial role in development of Georgia as a rugby nation. Since 2008, Charitable Foundation “Cartu”, established by Bidzina Ivanishvili, has provided funding to numerous Georgia-based rugby projects, including construction of two rugby stadiums and several state-of-art training facilities countrywide. The Foundation supports various rugby development projects and contributes to Georgia national team training and tournament costs. Charitable Foundation “Cartu” helped make rugby a leading sport in Georgia.

(photo caption: Bernard Lapasset passes Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Award to Irakli Karseladze)


Development Award was received by Bidzina Ivanishvili’s representative – Foundation “Cartu” Project Manager Irakli Karseladze. The Award Ceremony was attended by Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Levan Kipiani and President of Georgia Rugby Union George Nijaradze.


Georgia Rugby to Have a 25-30K Seat Stadium!

Another bit of news announced during the today’s media conference was the one every Georgian rugby and sports fan had been looking forward for so many years – Levan Kipiani and George Nijaradze stated that a new contemporary rugby stadium is going to be built in Dighomi, Tbilisi.

Renowned architectural company POPULOUS has already started design works.

The new stadium is going to seat 25-30000 spectators. Construction of Georgian rugby’s home arena will be jointly supported by Charitable Foundation “Cartu”, Government of Georgia and the Georgia Rugby Union.

Construction of the new stadium is an important factor to influence identification of Junior World Championship 2017 venue in favor of Georgia (Georgia Rugby Union has already submitted its bid for hosting of this tournament).

JWC 2017 venue will be announced in spring 2015. It is important that by the time the decision is taken World Rugby knows that construction of a new rugby stadium in Georgia has started. Parallel to this, land plots are selected for construction of training pitches to match one more JWC hosting requirement set out by World Rugby.

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