Atayev fought in tournaments representing a different country each year, he attacked a colleague at the wrestling table, but in AAF’s opinion it’s the Russian Armwrestling Association (RAA) that has no respect for sporting rules of conduct. ()
Let us recap.
A few days ago we have published an article concerning the Atayev – Akperov fight, although it’s hard to call a fight a situation where one person savagely attacks another, leaving them to defend themselves: http://en.armpower.net/article/en/akperov-atayev-fight-story-continued-3107.html
For this behavior Atayev was punished financially, and suspended for two years. Despite that, this “sportsman” still fights on, and the AAF is defending him, saying that the RAA is responsible for the man’s actions and has no respect for the rules.
Atayev hasn’t paid his penalty for nearly two years and he’s still suspended – yet he still demands to be allowed to fight in Baku, with the full support of the AAF.
Below is the official position of the AAF:
Armpower.net has published an article “Lack of respect for the rules, arrogance or federation overlooking? What is Atayev’s case all about?” the AAF has made its position clear. Unfortunately, neither EAF nor armpower.net have seen it fit to publish the AAF article. Instead, they have published I. Malkowska’s interview with I. Mazurenko, which showed the case from a biased perspective.
Again, we are only trying to present our opinion to the audience. I. Malkowska has titled her article correctly. Of course there was a “lack of respect for the rules”, but on whose side? In 2012, allowing K. Ataev to start in A1 when he was in the Russian team, the RAA broke the rules first, and showed lack of respect for international rules. In 2011 Ataev started in the XXXIII World Championships as a representative of Azerbaijan, so Russia had no right to allow him to start in their team until at least the end of 2013. Is this respect for the rules?
It’s clear that the RAA president had no right to allow Ataev to fight in the national team, and they also had no right to punish anyone. A-1 is a commercial contest and we clearly understand the RAA’s drive towards money. But it’s unacceptable to use foreigners for personal gain, to name Ataev Master of Sports in Russia, and use that fact in later actions. In his interview for armpower.