Volleyball Player's Beauty Draws (Too Much) Attention

In a problem that most of us probably wouldn’t mind having, a Kazakhstan volleyball player is apparently too beautiful. I can feel your eyes rolling from here. Eighteen-year-old Sabina Altynbekova’s looks are apparently becoming too much of a distraction, according to her coach and some critics. Um, OK.

During a recent tournament in Taiwan, Altynbekova became an overnight Internet sensation after videos of her doing relatively mundane things began amassing hundreds of thousands of views and her Instagram following grew to over 230,000.

However not everyone has been pleased with her viral superstardom. Nurlan Sadikov, the coach of Kazakhstan’s under-19 squad, told Tengrin News that “it’s impossible to work like this,” as Altynbekova is receiving all of the attention from the fans in attendance at matches. Per a translation in The Daily Mail, the coach continued, “the crowd behaves like there is only one player at the championship."

No word yet from Anna Kournikova on the topic, but I’m just going to go out on a limb here and speculate that she might have some words of wisdom to share with Altynbekova.

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