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Paralympian arrested for assaulting hotel security guard

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A Paralympic athlete from Georgia was arrested Monday on suspicion of assaulting a hotel security guard.

According to police, the suspect, Zviad Gogotchuriwho, 34, won the gold medal in the men's judo 90-kilogram division at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics. He and several teammates had been drinking alcohol and were making a lot of noise in the corridor of the hotel near Haneda Airport at around 8: 20 a.m. on the morning of Aug 12, Fuji TV reported. The team has been quarantining at the hotel after one member of the team tested positive for the coronavirus. When the guard, who is in his 60s, tried to get them to be quiet and return to their rooms, the judoka shoved him to the floor. The guard suffered a fractured rib.

The guard filed a criminal complain with police.

Police said Gogotchuriwho has admitted to the charge. A spokesperson for the Paralympics organizing committee said the judoka will likely be sent home.

The Paralympics are scheduled to begin on Aug 24.

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well, he should be on a plane home very shortly...

37 ( +43 / -6 )

He goes to Japan to represent his country to end up doing that stupidity???.. Pathetic !!..

Hope he get deportation soon.

28 ( +43 / -15 )

"well, he should be on a plane home very shortly"

On a gossip website someone posted that his family is very influential, and will gather influence for economic sanctions against japan, under the premise of carbon emissions affecting climate change.

-9 ( +11 / -20 )

"from Georgia " look out now, they can be very vengeful....

15 ( +20 / -5 )

I thought no alcohol in quarantine?

24 ( +28 / -4 )

Send him home. No excuse for that. Anyone else would be at the very least deported, if not jailed. He should get no special treatment.

32 ( +36 / -4 )

There must be someone from Georgia here down voting the comments about sending him home..LOL

16 ( +27 / -11 )

Seems Georgian Judoka people have a hard time following rules.

In July 2 Georgia Judoka Olympians were ejected for violating covid rules now this.

Is it a Georgian problem or just their Judoka?

26 ( +30 / -4 )

Know their regions to know their average behavior. That easy.

16 ( +24 / -8 )

OK, the guy should be on the first plane out of here and his sporting career should be ruined.

But this is part of something larger.

We had Cornelius the school bully, some dude with holocaust gags, incompetence at the triathlon, people refusing to compete against each other on the grounds of nationality...and now we've got athletes attacking people twice their age.

Japan really doesn't know when to cut its losses when it comes to the PR disasters of these olympic events.

12 ( +17 / -5 )

He should be deported but he will probably be let off with an apology I was drunk etc.

Will we even ever see how the story ends.

7 ( +11 / -4 )

No manners. Deport.

9 ( +16 / -7 )

In short, when the charges support, you must deport.

11 ( +14 / -3 )

Sending him home is not the first option for an offence like this, which has a victim. He needs to be tried for his crime, serve whatever sentence he gets, pay compensation to the victim. Then he should be sent home.

16 ( +20 / -4 )

Can’t see him being allowed to compete with this hanging over him.

10 ( +12 / -2 )

jalan5Today 12:09 pm JST

"well, he should be on a plane home very shortly"

On a gossip website someone posted that his family is very influential, and will gather influence for economic sanctions against japan, under the premise of carbon emissions affecting climate change.

Damn, that's sound really bad for Japan economy !!

Seriously though retaliation for what ? For the security guy hurting the judoka with his broken rib ?

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

These men may be "disabled" but they are Athletes in judo not table tennis.

They visually impaired From B1, BE and B3 which means that may be legally blind but that does not mean they cannot see levels of light even shapes at certain distances or angles.

So as I don't know who among the 5 members of their team is responsible I like you cannot tell how visual impaired he is.

But once a person a professional fighter in judo has his hands on you unless you are as good as they are in judo you are going down.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

I'm not defending the athletes, I'm not taking sides in this case. However, just think of one thing - how many similar problems have we heard about, for example, in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, or in Rio, or in London,....? Isn't that strange? To a foreigner or a person who does not live in Japan, this must seem strange.

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

Robert CikkiToday  01:54 pm JST

I'm not defending the athletes, I'm not taking sides in this case. However, just think of one thing - how many similar problems have we heard about, for example, in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, or in Rio, or in London,....? Isn't that strange? To a foreigner or a person who does

No not strange at all because there were no covid restrictions, quarantine, etc.. at those events.

This happened in a quarantine hotel not at what would have under normal circumstances been the teams lodgings with no guest to disturb and not restrictive.

The 2 Georgian judo athletes rejected from the Olympics violated Covid restrictions again not something the other games had.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

The guard was called because of a noisy party in the corridor. The scene was already set…

6 ( +8 / -2 )

I thought two georgian judo athletes already got in trouble for going sightseeing at the games already.

Need to teach the GOC a lession about breaking the pledge.

Play by the rules or go home.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

The guard suffered a fractured rib.

Shouldn't the Judoka be prosecuted?

There is a physical injury here which will take time to heal.

I dont care if he is a Paralympian, if you commit a crime you need to be prosecuted!

10 ( +14 / -4 )

@Chico3;

Today  01:25 pm JST

In short, when the charges support, you must deport.

Why do people make silly rhymes like this ... Was Dr. Seuss on the reading list at your law school?

-1 ( +7 / -8 )

Olympic hooligans! Send them all home!

4 ( +8 / -4 )

Really? No need for violence drunk or not

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Nothing says, "united by sport" like a paraolympian UFC wannabe attacking a Japanese senior citizen working an extra job to pay the bills during a pandemic, while the afghan team no longer has a country to return to. Life in 2021.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

I'm not condoning this criminal behaviour in any way, but what sort of 'security guard' is it who can't defend himself against a partially-sighted man, judoka or not? I think perhaps the company providing the guards should have their contract terminated.

-8 ( +3 / -11 )

Security Guard” in Japan @BillA 5:51p is equivalent to an elementary school ‘hall monitor’. Remember: that position was usually given to “the person most likely to ‘tattle-tale’”.

“I'm not condoning this criminal behaviour in any way, but what sort of 'security guard' is it who can't defend himself against a partially-sighted man, judoka or not? I think perhaps the company providing the guards should have their contract terminated.” -

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Volunteers’ for that position usually didn’t want to be in class themselves.

- “Security Guard” in Japan is equivalent to an elementary school ‘hall monitor’. -

There’s really no power behind the position. It’s just a title.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

He should be jailed for a couple of years then deported, this country does not need 'guests' like him.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

"has admitted that he and his colleagues had been drinking alcohol."

As far as explanations go?

Doesn't get more Japanese than that.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Plane home?! First compensation, then jail time, then home.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Lock him up. Kick the entire Georgian Team, out of the Olympics. They do not have a coach or manager? WTF! Why are they hanging out in the hall drunk? These are athletes participating in an international athletic event?

5 ( +9 / -4 )

I'm so happy that most of you are no layers. The world would be a more awful place. What is it with deporting so easily. I guess all of you have a clean consciousness and have never done anything stupid when drunk, exited or what else.

Maybe you need to understand when someone can be deported.

If he indeed attack the security guard than just give a matching punishment, such as public service or penalty. And secondly the security guard may consider to join a self-defense training since he cannot defend himself or learn how to talk with drunk people.

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

Congratulations! For you, Olympics end here.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Olympics was a farce! ParaOlympics is turning out to be a bigger farce!

BTW the organizing committee has stopped giving updates on coronavirus cases related to the ParaOlympics on a regular basis! They are trying their best to hide this information from the general public as to show that everything is going smoothly!

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

A man allegedly knocked another man to the floor cracking his rib. So what! Sympathies to the victim but it's hardly front page news.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

I'm sure that an apology, and a compansation payment (which Japan of course will milk) will suffice.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

All he could have done was apologize and all would be good but pride and ego got in the way and now he's packing his stuff to go home. Not worth it aye?

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Give him the jail time he deserves. Don't allow him to compete and after he has paid damages to the victim, more jail time. Then deportation.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

He should be in Jail already! What's happening to the Japanese police any other non Olympic foreigner would have been in jail straight away ? He's not working for an embassy and doesn't have diplomatic immunity!

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

@admin

"Zviad Gogotchuriwho" Is the name correct?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

You mean they’re not going to keep him locked up for 3 weeks before sending him home?

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

All he could have done was apologize and all would be good but pride and ego got in the way and now he's packing his stuff to go home. Not worth it aye?

Is that all you need to do to get out of an assault charge (with injury)? I never heard of this method to get out of a criminal charge especially with broken bones back in my home country. Does this really work in Japan? Just say "sorry" and assault with injury charges dropped?

0 ( +1 / -1 )

A man allegedly knocked another man to the floor cracking his rib. So what! Sympathies to the victim but it's hardly front page news.

I never understand comments like this.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

"A man allegedly knocked another man to the floor cracking his rib. So what! Sympathies to the victim but it's hardly front page news.

I never understand comments like this."

Well, you and me both.

This "man" is an Olympian; an Olympic Gold medallist.

This Olympic Gold medallist grabbed an elderly by the neck, threw him onto the floor, broke the geezer's ribs.

This Olympic Gold medallist was drunk and disorderly while assaulting a defenceless old man.

Of course there will be always "some" claiming "it's hardly front page news"!

He should be prosecuted, fined/jailed (or both), then expelled from the country.

Lastly, banned from any future Judo competitions, as he's clearly not worth it.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

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