Georgia rugby coach returns home after 2-month Covid battle in South Africa

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Georgia head coach Levan Maisashvili. (Photo by Pedro Fiuza/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Georgia head coach Levan Maisashvili. (Photo by Pedro Fiuza/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Georgia head coach Levan Maisashvili has returned to his home country after spending two months in a Johannesburg hospital battling Covid-19.

The Lelos mentor was in a critical condition after contracting the virus following Georgia's 40-9 defeat to the Springboks in Pretoria on 2 July.

The second Test, which was scheduled for at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on 9 July, was subsequently cancelled after Covid-19 outbreaks in both camps.

Maisashvili was placed on a ventilator Netcare Milpark Hospital, and despite his lungs being damaged, he managed to recover.

He returned home on Tuesday, with Georgian Rugby posting pictures of the coach arriving back home and greeted in Tbilisi by players and members of the public.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Would you be keen to see the Springboks join the Six Nations?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes! The Northern Hemisphere is the future.
53% - 5185 votes
No! The Rugby Championship is still the pinnacle.
47% - 4559 votes
Vote