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    Default Saitiev turned down offers to compete for other countries

    Says doing so is an easy way that would not lead to great success. Wants to beat the best to go to Olympics. I don't know. Mussulbes seems to be doing pretty well.

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    If you don't have a problem with Saitiev wrestling for another country then everything you've said up until this point is pure BS.

    That said, Saitiev wants the Gold and if he can't make the team then he probably feels he doesn't deserve it since he's not the best wrestler. Regardless of what country he represents, he would need to beat Murtazaliev to win Gold.

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    Default Re: Saitiev turned down offers to compete for other countries

    First, Murtazaliev could get injured or upset at the Olympics. It happens. Also, Saitiev could get a much better draw which would keep him fresh for the finals. Finally, I would imagine Saitiev is more experienced wrestling in Olympics finals.

    However, I didn't like Saitiev's answer that much to tell you the truth. I would expect something like he would not betray the country that made him who he was and stuff. His answer sounds like he has no problem leaving Russia but for the easy way out.

    Frankly, I just think he wants that $1mil pay off that he would not get elsewhere.

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    Default Re: Saitiev turned down offers to compete for other countries

    what countries offered him the spot?

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    Default Re: Saitiev turned down offers to compete for other countries

    Quote Originally Posted by pinartist View Post
    what countries offered him the spot?
    He didn't specify but said many, including countries from former Soviet Union. Immediate citizenship and no competition within the country.

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    The problem for Saitiev are not the money-he has enough.As i know it was offered to him and his brother to wrestle for Turkey before some years for 1 million dollars for everyone.Saitiev just wants to leave the mat as a champion,winning against the best wrestlers in his category,in the most strong competition at that moment-russian nationals.

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    Default Re: Saitiev turned down offers to compete for other countries

    Its really hard for me to believe Saitievs were invited to wrestle for Turkey. Turkey usually likes lesser known Russian wrestlers with great potential to come wrestle for it. It makes them change their names and does a good job not revealing where the wrestler came from. If not for akzent and later the Russian website, we would never know Shahin was actually Irbaihanov from Russia.



    Besides, why would Turkey ask B. Saitiev to come wrestle a few years ago when Saitiev was the top man for Russia?
    Last edited by Big; 05-29-2008 at 12:43 AM.

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    big,

    i thought the saitiev's have had anti russian government. attitudes in the past? i tend to believe his reasoning that he wants the challenge of beating the best and probably won't mind leaving "the country that made him who he was and stuff."

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    I do not understand this need to judge why he would leave or his loyalty to Russia.

    He is the one who became a champion. If the country was the responsible then would not that country just produce all the champions? Is it not the hard work and dedication of the person that sets them apart?

    I do not believe a "system" is the key. It is the "people" within the system that is the key.

    USA womens gymnastic used to be not so good. Then one of the best coaches in the world came here. He then created a different system then was where he was from and got the same great results. So was it the country? The system? or the coach that made the difference?

    Now with all that said I do agree that Russia (in this case) probably creates many more opportunities for a person to achieve wrestling greatness. While other countries like Mexico (I know seems extreme) do not. My point is that Saitiev's greatness belongs to himself and not to Russia or where ever he may be from. While Russia created the opportunity with the love of wrestling, Saitiev capitalized on this opportunity to achieve at the highest level. He has also won championships for Russia and in the name of Russia. So it is not like he has not given back to the country that trained him.

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