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Georgians with disabilities protest event at Tiblisi Sports Palace

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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.

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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.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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