Georgian Olympic Champion Lasha Talakhadze will be enrolled in the State University of Physical Education and Sports without exams, Rector of the university Guram Dzagania told Interpressnews agency today.
Dzagania said that Lasha Talakhadze would like to begin studying at the faculty of coaching.
The Georgian Ministry of Education and Science announced on September 15, 2021 that Olympic and Paralympic champions and medallists, as well as winners of World and European championships, would be admitted to the State University of Education and Sports without exams.
While explaining the government’s decision, Georgian Education Minister Mikheil Chkhenkeli said that because competing in the Olympics requires the greatest physical effort and many hours of tiring and full concentration from each athlete, the government has decided to support them in the field of education.
The government’s decision went into effect on September 15, which means that athletes will enjoy the privilege of enrolling in the university without exams starting the next academic year. Exceptions were allowed this year only for those athletes who won a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
Georgia won just two gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics in the summer of 2021, by Lasha Talakhadze and Lasha Bekauri, though only Talakhadze expressed a desire to enroll in the University of Education and Sports without exams.