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Old 12-08-2011, 12:44 AM   #31
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good for marat but the elections were more rigged than the ACC draw this season
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Old 12-08-2011, 04:57 AM   #32
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Two-time grand slam winner Marat Safin is swapping tennis whites for business suits after being elected to the Russian federal parliament, the Duma.
The former world number one, who was elected to the 450-seat lower house of Russian parliament, said he had thought long and hard about what to do with his life after his sporting career.
"I could go and make commercials left and right and pretend like I am a celebrity, but that is not me," he said.
"This is a completely new life, a new way of thinking, new way of doing things that's nothing to do with tennis or sports at all.
"But the two things definitely have one thing in common and that is that you need to have a character."
Safin, 31, is a member of Vladimir Putin's United Russia Party and will represent the Nyzhny Novgorod region, about 500 kilometres from Moscow.
United Russia is expected to win the election with a reduced majority, but the weekend poll has been widely criticised both inside and outside Russia, with widespread allegations of voter intimidation and vote rigging.
Overnight former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev called for the elections to be re-run and the opposition vowed to stage new rallies contesting the result.
Despite the cloud over United Russia's apparent victory, Safin's election win was praised by former on-court opponent and tennis great Pete Sampras.
Sampras went down to Safin in the 2000 US Open, handing the Russian his first grand slam win.
"In 20 years Marat will be the president of Russia," Sampras said.
"Marat is going to go a long way.
"He is very intelligent and articulate and he's good with people, and that's half the battle with being a politician."


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Old 12-08-2011, 05:04 AM   #33
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Safin for president of the world!
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Old 12-08-2011, 05:14 AM   #34
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Whats his qualifications? Underachievement and Bar Hopping?
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Whats his qualifications? Underachievement and Bar Hopping?
He's certainly achieved more than some of the elected representatives we have in India.. :-(
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Old news.

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Whats his qualifications? Underachievement and Bar Hopping?
and how are those different from other politicians?
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and how are those different from other politicians?
I thought zero qualification American president meant Obama?

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and how are those different from other politicians?
I think even Bush at least has a college education. ROFL.. He wasn't JFK when it came to presidential speeches but at least he was good businessman in the oil industry and was governor..

What the hell has Safin done besides get tanked up and go clubbing with clear heeled, fishnet stocking, harlots
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Safin as a politician "lol".
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let's not start this crap in GM...

my only point is that the same could be said of many politicians, especially ones where a family connection (like the Bushes or the Kennedys) helped those who otherwise might have flunked in college or failed in private enterprise. There are plenty of politicians who could be said to be unqualified.

It's not like he's starting out going for the presidency. Everyone has to start somewhere; every politician was 'new' at some point.
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Whats his qualifications? Underachievement and Bar Hopping?
Hes won 2 grand slams and is the second tallest man ever to win a grand slam.

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Hes won 2 grand slams and is the second tallest man ever to win a grand slam.

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2nd? I had no idea. Strange statistic.
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