Kharazishvili, 32, the former captain of the Georgian national Sevens team, underwent surgery and his life is not in danger, doctors said.

Local media reported that the shooting followed a dispute between the two men. Georgian police launched an investigation into the illegal purchase, possession and carrying of a firearm and damage to health.

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