Kazakhstan volleyball player Sabina Altynbekova is starting to develop quite a following in her home country and on the internet.
Playing in the Asian Under-19 Championships, her good looks and long limbs have captivated fans and the media alike, but it seems her teammates aren’t too happy about it.
The attention has left members of her own team slightly peeved, and now media in her homeland have slammed the obsession with her.
“Fans just stare at her and they are not following the championship any more,” reported Vesti, a daily newspaper in Kazakhstan.
July 22, 2014
Her coach Nurlan Sadikov says people just stare at Sabina and pay no attention to the actual game.
"It is impossible to work like this," he said.
"The crowd behaves like there is only one player at the championship."
Sabina herself has expressed embarrassment about the situation.
"I was flattered at first but it's all getting a little bit much," she said.
"I want to concentrate on playing volleyball and to be famous for that, not anything else."
We are not sure whether or not she is any good at volleyball.