Originally Posted by thegreendestiny
So he's now playing under the Kazakh flag eh? Why are inferior Russian players (Golubev, Shvedova etc) pirated by Kazakhstan? While other very good non-Russians (Davydenko, Sharapova) are representing Russia.
I am not sure the use of the word "inferior" is right here.
Davydenko was born in Soviet Union but he moved to Russia (Samara? I am sure somewhere on Volga) before the USSR has been dissolved thus becoming Russian citizen even though he is an ethical Ukranien. Russia is multi-ethnical country. You know, like Sarkozy for example can't really be called a French, not to mention Obama whose father is from some country in Africa (not that I don't like that).
As to Maria Sharapova, she is ethnical Russian who was born again in Soviet Union and moved from Belorus to Tjumen Region in Siberia before 1993 as well. Her last name sounds Tatar to me, so maybe one of her grand-grand-grand fathers was a Tatar. Like Safin. Any problem with Russia having Safin under its flag?