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Georgia Introduces Year Of Women's Basketball

30 May 2006

A day before the final game of Georgian Women’s Cup 2006, the Georgian Basketball Federation called a press conference and introduced the Year of Womens Basketball to the Georgian media.

Four television stations, three radio stations and eight national newspapers were represented.

.... Georgia is demonstrating that female players, coaches, referees and administrators are very much part of European Women’s basketball ...
Merab Ratishvili
Georgian Basketball Federation Secretary General Merab Ratishvili outlined the Year of Women’s Basketball and presented the logo of the project to the media.

”By actively participating in the Year of Women’s Basketball and operate with FIBA Europe on the project, Georgia is demonstrating that female players, coaches, referees and administrators are very much part of European Women’s basketball and that Georgia is an inalienable part of Europe," said Ratishvili.

The next day, before the final game of Georgian Women’s Cup 2006, the Year of Women’s Basketball logo was presented to 1,000 spectators in the arena.

Mrs. Medea Mkheidze, the Head of the Georgian Basketball Federation Women's Committee,  explained the importance of project to the public.

”Georgia had a good women’s basketball tradition," said Mkheidze, who won the World Championships for Young Women at 1989 with the Soviet Union National Team.

"We had top European level players in the past. The Year of Women’s Basketball project hopefully means an opportunity and challenge for young Georgian players to re-live old traditions and allow players to establish themselves in European Basketball."

During the Soviet period, several Georgian female players won European Championships, World University Games and Youth Festivals.

TSU-Nikora beat Kutaisi 73-58 to win Georgian Women’s Cup for the second time in a row.

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