Wednesday, July 18, 2018

EMIL SEEKS PRESIDENTIAL SUPPORT!

RUSSIAN HISTORY-MAKER EMIL SAYFUTDINOV HAS REVEALED HE WROTE TO PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN TO RALLY HIS NATION BEHIND THE WORLD CHAMPIONS.

Russian history-maker Emil Sayfutdinov has revealed he wrote to president Vladimir Putin in his efforts to get the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations champions the support they need to remain world-beaters.
Sayfutdinov joined forces with fellow FIM Speedway Grand Prix star Artem Laguta and World Under-21 finalist Gleb Chugunov to seal the nation’s first senior speedway world title of any kind at Wroclaw last month.
While the trio are rapidly gaining fans around the world, Sayfutdinov admits their gold-medal success barely caused a ripple in their homeland.

I AM TRYING TO MAKE THIS CHANGE TO SPEEDWAY IN RUSSIA AND MAKE THE PRESIDENT AND POLITICIANS AWARE. IF WE DON’T TRY, NOTHING HAPPENS.

Emil Sayfutdinov
Sayfutdinov is busy preparing for Saturday’s Adrian Flux British SGP at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium – scene of his last SGP victory in 2013.
But he’s also fighting a battle to put his Russian heroes in the limelight, and he went straight to the top in his quest for the help Russia’s speedway stars need to stay on top of the world.
He said: “Nothing happened after we won the Speedway of Nations. So I wrote a letter and sent it to our president and someone in the Ministry of Sport to get them to see the history we made.
“I have some good friends in politics and we are trying slowly. But we will see what happens.
“To be honest, I just did it myself. It’s just my name and I told them about what’s happening in speedway in Russia.
“I know we’ve just had the FIFA World Cup now and nobody is interested in other sports and events, but we will see now that has finished. Maybe someone will ask me what’s wrong in our sport and I will try to explain.”
The Russians were the only side competing in their own kevlars rather than national team colours.
Sayfutdinov has never made any secret of his concern over the lack of financial backing for Russia’s speedway stars as they bid to mix it with the very best. He said: “Our sport is so expensive – we have to invest in our bikes, spares and team. To be a professional, everything has to be new and that’s why we’re asking for help.
“That’s why I wrote to the president asking him to help us with the money or maybe to find a company that could help us.
“We will see. I’m sure this sport would interest somebody. Our sport is so good. Maybe that’s just my opinion, but when people see speedway for the first time, they have the same opinion as me.”
Sayfutdinov, Laguta and Chugunov have secured their place in history, but it’s a triumph they are keen to share with their country.
“It looks like it’s history just for us,” Sayfutdinov said. “We just keep our medal collection at home and we can see it. But nothing changes.
“I am trying to make this change to speedway in Russia and make the president and politicians aware. If we don’t try, nothing happens.”