A total of 133 boys and girls aged between 11 and 17 years old were divided into groups to compete in a 200m swim and a 2000m run. The route for the youngest athletes, age of 11-13 years old, was adjusted to 100m and 1000m. This edition of the Georgian Championships 2013 also served as the second qualification stage for further international competitions after Tbilisi Championships 2013 held in April earlier this year.
Viacheslav Malishev, the President of the National Federation, commented on the success of the competition: “This event is very indicative and meaningful for us, as small national sport federation, and for young athletes, who are so keen participating. Our main goal now is to promote healthy and sportive lifestyle for young people and as a result to attract more children for Olympic multisport disciplines, as Modern Pentathlon and Triathlon”.
After the award ceremony, the Georgian Modern Pentathlon National team demonstrated to the rest of the athletes and public audience the functioning of laser equipment. Everyone present at the venue had an exciting opportunity to try and feel what it’s like to hold and shoot with the laser pistols. “Laser shooting is very new for Georgia; however it could be easily grabbed by more and more young athletes because their interest is prenominal!”, noticed the local newspapers present at the event.
The next competition is planned for August 2013, which will finalize the summer series of Biathle qualification competitions. The races and the format of the upcoming event is not disclosed as of yet. “We continue talent identification amongst Georgian athletes, and this is our long term plan. With the support of development program from the International Union, we can provide them with more equipment and adequate preparation, so we can see them on the winner’s podium in the nearest future!”, added Mr. Malishev at the Executive Board meeting at the end of the competition.