This part of the interview shows Gatsalov's arrogance.
Originally Posted by Big
1. His intolerance towards opponents: He even didn't mention the name of the guy as if he didn't know him. Doing so, Gatsalov tries to ignore him. It was Kurban Kurbanov. #1 is due to:
2. his narcissism.
3. His propensity to lie. In comparison with Gatsalov, Kurbanov is not ?a young wrestler?. He is exactly of Gatsalov's age. By saying he was a newcomer, Gatsalov tries to belittle even the ?little threat? and to present the tight score of the match in Tashkent as an accidental result of the childish enthusiasm of a young wrestler. It is well known that Kurbanov was a BIG threat for him. In that season, Kurbanov wrestled well not only in Tashkent, but also on several other tournaments and the Russian federation knew that he could threaten Gatsalov's new world triumph. That is the reason why the federation made everything possible in order to eliminate Kurbanov who was going to compete for Uzbekistan at the 2006 worlds. In a quite suspicions meeting of the FILA bureau, the Russian members succeeded in ?convincing? the other members to vote the suspension of Kurbanov. This happened on Sept. 23 2006, only 5 days before the beginning of the freestyle worlds. Quite an action by reason of ?a little threat by the newcomer?.
4. His double moral standards. When talking about religion (and this his favorite topic) Gatsalov is comparable with Slay; the only difference ? he is Muslim. In countless statements, Gatsalov said how important for him religion is; how God, religious education in the family, reading the Koran (in questionnaires, he always gives ?Koran? as the answer to the question ?which is your favorite book??) and pilgrimage to Mecca helped him to build up a personality characterized by high morality, modesty and humanity. Obviously statements don't corespondent with behavior. Several times (also in the case of this last interview) Gatsalov's double games became targets for the criticism of some of the Muslims among the Russian wrestling fans.