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The Prime Minister of Georgia will ask to restore Georgian citizenship to Topuria

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The Prime Minister of Georgia will ask to restore Georgian citizenship to Topuria

EThe Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Kobajidze stated today that he would ask the country’s president, Salom Zurabilishvili, to restore the Georgian citizen to the world featherweight champion of the UFC, Ilia Topuria, who lost it automatically when acquiring the Spanish.

Kobajidze made this announcement, as EFE was informed by the Government press office, when meeting at the Government headquarters with Topuria, who this Monday was received like a hero upon arrival in the Georgian capital.

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Topuria became the first Georgian fighter to win a UFC title after defeating the Australian by KO on February 18. Alexander Volkanovski at the Honda Center in Anaheim (California, USA), a fight that was followed on giant screens in various places in Tbilisi.

The son of Georgian parents, he was born in Halle, Germany, and moved to Georgia at the age of seven, where he began practicing Greco-Roman wrestling at school.

At the age of 15 heThe family moved to live in Alicante, Spain, where he began practicing mixed martial arts.

“I feel Spanish,” he says regularly, although when he goes out to fight, He usually carries with him the flags of both Spain and Georgia.

After being crowned champion, was received by the president of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, who promised to grant Spanish citizenship to the 27-year-old Georgian. years, a promise I kept on March 5, just two weeks ago.

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“Along with the granting of Spanish citizenship to the champion, it is important to preserve the Georgian one,” the Georgian Prime Minister said on Tuesday quoted by his press office.

Georgian legislation establishes that nationals who acquire the citizenship of other countries automatically lose their Georgian citizenship. The The only way a Georgian can have dual citizenship is through a presidential decree.



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