23 November, 2022 seen 79,927More than 10 years ago I first landed at the Tbilisi airport and for the first time took a step on Georgian land. That happened on April 1st, 2011 - I like this data - it's known Worldwide as a Fool's day. With this article, originally I was celebrating my fourth year living in Georgia. But now, the article has grown into one of the most popular articles…
In Georgia, the question of whether or not to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi is a hot topic.
Some are calling for a boycott in response to the Russia-Georgia war of 2008 and Russia's recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states. Others argue that it is important to normalize relationships with Russia.
Recently, Georgian students staged protests in seven cities, calling for Georgia's participation in the Sochi games. The Prime Minister of Georgia, Bidzina Ivanishvili, has also weighed in on the debate, stating that the decision will depend on whether or not the participation would be seen as a humiliation for Georgia.
In my opinion, with only 3-9 athletes expected to participate from Georgia, a boycott would bring more international attention to the country's disputes with Russia. By boycotting, Georgia would have the opportunity to once again bring attention to their disputes on a global stage.
If Georgia does decide to participate, the athletes should aim to win gold medals, to show their strength and dominance. However, with such a small representation, the impact of their participation may be limited.
In conclusion, the boycott debate is a complex issue with valid arguments on both sides. Ultimately, the decision will depend on what is best for the country and its people.