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President Margvelashvili Awards Order of Honor Posthumously to Georgian Football Player and Coach Nodar Akhalkatsi

The President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili has awarded Order of Honor posthumously to the famous Georgian football player, coach and the first president of the independent football federation, Nodar Akhalkatsi on the occasion of his 80th jubilee. The award has been presented to Nodar Akhalkatsi’s daughter, Medea Akhalkatsi. Nodar Akhalkatsi has been awarded for his special contribution to the development of Georgian football.
President Margvelashvili has described Nodar Akhalkatsi as the cornerstone of Georgian football’s success and underlined the importance of his merit.
"Our goal was to underscore Mr. Nodari’s merit and praise him for those victories and achievements that have been uplifting Georgian society for years.
We would like to use this opportunity to once again express our gratitude towards our outstanding athletes, people who have and will always proudly hoist Georgian flag. I remember the emotion of sports excitement and patriotism when our players achieved great success in Soviet times,” President Margvelashvili said and thanked Nodar Akhalkatsi, fans of Georgian football and the entire Georgian Football Federation.
"This remembrance and respect are indeed very important to bring up new generations. Therefore, we decided to honor Mr. Nodari's merit and present this posthumous award on behalf of the Georgian people and state,” President Margvelashvili said.
Medea Akhalkatsi has thanked the President and ceremony participants for appreciating her father’s contribution and noted that this award is a great honor for her family.
The ceremony has been held at the Presidential Palace. It has been attended by Akhalkatsi’s family members, friends, veteran football players and representatives of Georgian Football Federation.
The Federation members and veteran footballers have congratulated President Margvelashvili on the birth of his second son, Toma and presented him with Georgian football team’s t-shirt and ball with veteran footballers' autographs
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