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Eldar Kurtanidze
Medal record
Men's Freestyle wrestling
Competitor for  Georgia
Olympic Games
Bronze 1996 Atlanta 90 kg
Bronze 2000 Sydney 97 kg
World Championships
Silver 1993 Toronto 90 kg
Bronze 1997 Krasnoyarsk 97 kg
Gold 2002 Tehran 96 kg
Gold 2003 New York City 96 kg
Silver 2005 Budapest 96 kg
European Championships
Silver 1993 Istanbul 90 kg
Silver 1995 Fribourg 90 kg
Gold 1996 Budapest 90 kg
Gold 1997 Warsaw 97 kg
Gold 1998 Bratislava 97 kg
Bronze 1999 Minsk 97 kg
Gold 2001 Budapest 97 kg
Silver 2002 Baku 96 kg
Gold 2005 Varna 96 kg
Bronze 2006 Moscow 120 kg

Eldar "Luka" Kurtanidze (Georgian: ელდარ [ლუკა] კურტანიძე) (born April 16, 1972) is a Georgian wrestler and the Georgian Dream political activist. He has served as the President of the Wrestling Federation of Georgia since December 2012 and Head of Physical Training at the Georgian Police Academy since January 2013.[1]

Wrestling career[edit]

Kurtanidze has been a senior professional freestyle wrestler since 1992. He was a bronze medalist in both the Men's Freestyle 90 kg at the 1996 Summer Olympics and also Men's Freestyle 97 kg at the 2000 Summer Olympics. He also competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics, but was eliminated early. In addition to his Olympic bronzes, he has two gold medals, two silver medals, and one bronze medal from the FILA Senior World Championships. He has received five gold medals, three silver medals, and two bronze medals from the FILA Senior European Championships. In 2006 he raised his weight to compete in the 120 kg class. He made his mixed martial arts debut at the Pride Fighting Championships show on December 31, 2006 against veteran MMA fighter and former amateur wrestler Kazuyuki Fujita. He was defeated via submission (strikes) at 2:09 of round 1.

Political activism[edit]

Kurtanidze became involved in the politics of Georgia since 2011. As an ally of the opposition leader Nino Burjanadze he took part in the May 2011 rally against the government of President Mikheil Saakashvili. During the rally, he was involved in a clash with police and was severely beaten up. In 2012, he joined the Georgian Dream coalition led by the billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili after whose accession to premiership after the 2012 parliamentary election Kurtanidze became the president of Georgia's Wrestling Federation and Head of Physical Training at the Georgian Police Academy. He has been accused of resorting to physical violence against his opponents in the Wrestling Federation.[2][1]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0-1 Japan Kazuyuki Fujita Submission (strikes) Pride Shockwave 2006 December 31, 2006 1 2:09

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Modebadze, Salome (1 February 2013). "President of the Georgian Wrestling Federation accused of physical assault". The Messenger Online. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Bigg, Claire; Kevanishvili, Eka (3 February 2013). "Wrestlers' Alleged Beating Reveals Political Underbelly Of Georgian Sports". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 

External links[edit]


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Sun, 29 Mar 2015 10:03:45 -0700

The return to Georgia of the former President of the Republic, Mikheil Saakashvili, could cost him his life, lawmaker from the ruling coalition Eldar Kurtanidze said in an interview to reportiori.ge. "The regime that committed so many atrocities ...

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Sun, 22 Feb 2015 03:21:02 -0800

The return to Georgia of the former President of the Republic, Mikheil Saakashvili, could cost him his life, lawmaker from the ruling coalition Eldar Kurtanidze said in an interview to reportiori.ge. Hunter who stole traffic light detained in Georgia ...

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Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:30:57 -0800

The return to Georgia of the former President of the Republic, Mikheil Saakashvili, could cost him his life, lawmaker from the ruling coalition Eldar Kurtanidze said in an interview to reportiori.ge. Garibashvili: we to go ahead with efforts to ...

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Mon, 16 Feb 2015 08:56:53 -0800

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Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:29:30 -0800

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Fri, 13 Feb 2015 02:14:56 -0800

The return to Georgia of the former President of the Republic, Mikheil Saakashvili, could cost him his life, lawmaker from the ruling coalition Eldar Kurtanidze said in an interview to reportiori.ge. Georgian opposition gains ground, PM blames Kiev for ...
 
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Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:14:03 -0800

The Georgian government and the authorities of the Adjara Autonomous Republic will buy a building for the Batumi Mosque and the mufti administration of Western Georgia. Additional space will be provided at Orta Jam, the problem of open-air prayers at ...

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Mon, 02 Feb 2015 05:20:49 -0800

The return to Georgia of the former President of the Republic, Mikheil Saakashvili, could cost him his life, lawmaker from the ruling coalition Eldar Kurtanidze said in an interview to reportiori.ge. Hunter who stole traffic light detained in Georgia ...
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