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Georgian hits coach with harassment suit

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.

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