Last week in Georgia, the Tiblisi Sports Palace played host to opera singer Paata Burchuladze while a protest took place out front by Georgians with disabilities who were upset with the access for people with disabilities to the event.
There were some people who had paid 100 to 120 GEL (€43 to €52) to attend the event, only to arrive and find out that they could not utilize ramps to access the venue.
Georgian National Paralympic Committee commented on their Facebook page about this situation today, saying that the organizers would be held responsible for any actions that resulted in aggression targeting people with disabilities at the venue, while highlighting that they appreciated Burchaladze’s performance and his on stage apology to people with disabilities for venue access issues.
The Tiblisi Sports Palace was construct in 1961, and is one of the major indoor sporting arenas in the city with a capacity of 9,700 spectators when configured for basketball and 11,000 when configured for concerts. It hosts a number of different type of sporting events on a regular to semi-regular basis including basketball, handball, judo and boxing.