ReutersTBILISI (Reuters) — A Georgian weightlifter sued her coach and the country’s weightlifting federation over sexual harassment on Wednesday in a rare move that women’s rights activists said they hoped would encourage others to speak out.
Tatia Lortkipanidze accused her coach in a civil lawsuit of unwanted sexual advances and said the federation failed to take action, causing her to miss out on an important championship earlier this year.
A spokesman for the sporting body denied the accusations.
Speaking to local media, the coach, Temur Janjghava, dismissed the allegations as lies, saying he had always acted in a professional manner. The Thomson Reuters Foundation could not immediately reach Janjghava to seek further comment.