Rugby-Georgian police arrest rugby official suspected of shooting player

Georgian police have arrested the vice president of the country’s rugby union, Merab Beselia, over the shooting of player Ramaz Kharazishvili, who was shot in the leg at the sport’s governing body’s offices in the capital Tbilisi on Wednesday.

Kharazishvili, 32, the former captain of the Georgian national Sevens team, underwent surgery and his life is not in danger, doctors said.

Local media reported that the shooting followed a dispute between the two men. Georgian police launched an investigation into the illegal purchase, possession and carrying of a firearm and damage to health.

Rugby is one of the most popular sports in Georgia, and the national team has reached the world cup four times since 2003.

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