Georgian lawmakers aim to protest Sochi Games

BY foxsports • November 23, 2010

The parliament of the former Soviet republic of Georgia is considering mounting a campaign against the 2014 Winter Olympics in the nearby Russian city of Sochi.

Sochi is adjacent to Abkhazia, a region that broke free of Georgian control in the 2008 war with Russia that also split South Ossetia from Georgia.

A statement on the parliament's website says the consensus of legislators is ''do not hold the Olympics in Sochi before the de-occupation of Georgia.''

Russian troops have a strong presence in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which Russia recognizes as independent countries.

The statement says legislators should convince the IOC of ''the necessity of holding the 2014 Winter Olympics in a different country.''

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