Legendary Georgian judo player Varlam Liparteliani has ended his career. He released this information in his social media post, saying that his career in sports has come to an end.
In his post, Liparteliani showed gratitude to his family and fans apologizing to the latter for failing to make them happy. ''All this hurts me a lot and will haunt me for a long time. Saying everything now is impossible, but I want you to know I love you immensely,'' he wrote.
Capitan of the Georgian National Judo Team, Varlam Liparteliani, has failed to advance to the Olympic final today. In the semi-finals, Japanese judoka Aaron Wolf beat him.
Liparteliani was born on 27 February 1989. He has won silver at Olympic and World levels.
He competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the -90 kg event and lost in the second round to Mark Anthony. At the European Judo Championships, Liparteliani won gold in 2012, 2014, and 2016, silver in 2009 European Judo Championships, 2010 European Judo Championships, 2013 European Judo Championships, and 2015 European Judo Championships, and bronze in 2011 European Judo Championships.
At the 2016 Olympic Games, he won the silver medal. He beat Komronshokh Ustopiriyon, Ovini Uera, Lkhagvasürengiin Otgonbaatar, and Gwak Dong-Han before losing to Mashu Baker in the final.
In 2021, he won the gold medal in his event at the 2021 Judo World Masters held in Doha, Qatar.
Liparteliani has a wife and two children.