"Sabina Altynbekova, dubbed the Anna Kournikova of volleyball, has caused controversy in her homeland because of her gorgeous looks. The Kazakhstan beauty has become an internet sensation after travelling with her team to Taiwan for the Asian Jr women's volleyball championship."
That's what news.com.au reported yesterday about a player whose country's coach feels she is a distraction. "It is impossible to work like this. The crowd behaves like there is only one player at the championship." coach Nurlan Sadikov told Tengrin News.
Altynbekova has appealed to her supporters to stay away from setting up social media pages on her. "I was flattered at first but it's all getting a little bit much.
I want to concentrate on playing volleyball and to be famous for that, not anything else," she said while her mother Nuripa Amrievna said she had wanted her daughter to go to law school instead of pursuing a sporting career.