Multifold champion in sambo from Germany Aset Askarov will compete for Kazakhstan

Multifold champion in sambo from Germany and participant of the World Sambo Championship, Aset Askarov has a fascinating history in sports. He moved to Germany 18 years ago and started training in the popular martial art, sambo. He then started competing in world championships, where he had to step into a sambo ring against his fellow countrymen.

ASET ASKAROV, MULTIFOLD CHAMPION IN SAMBO FROM GERMANY:

 - It was hard at the World Cup in 2016. I fought against a Kazakh athlete to win the 3rd place. It was very painful and uncomfortable to fight against him. Then the entire national team of Kazakhstan came and asked: "Who is Aset Askarov?" I felt uncomfortable. I was changing my shorts and they saw my underwear with the Kazakhstan print. They saw it and said: "Wow, brother, what are you doing? Why you are not representing us?"

A feeling of patriotism didn’t leave him. Now, the Kazakh sambo fighter represents Kazakhstan and dreams of training Kazakh children.

ASET ASKAROV, MULTIFOLD CHAMPION IN SAMBO FROM GERMANY:

 - My dream is definitely to become a world champion. I think it doesn’t matter what country you are representing because I believe that deep inside I still consider myself a Kazakh and I represent Kazakhstan. I dream to return to Kazakhstan. In addition, I have a very big dream which is to open a sports school and to train the Kazakh children.

Aset is confident that popularity of sambo in Europe will spread to the whole world.