Teen volleyball player called a distraction for looking too good

Teen volleyball player Sabina Altynbekova has become an Internet sensation because of her good...

Teen volleyball player Sabina Altynbekova has become an Internet sensation because of her good looks. (Instagram)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:07 PM ET

A Kazakh volleyball player is getting more attention off the court than on it.

Sabina Altynbekova, a 17-year-old playing with Kazakhstan's junior women's national team, has become an Internet sensation because of her good looks.

But her coach, Nurlan Sadikov, has branded her a distraction on the court during the Asian Under-19 Championships in Taipei, Taiwan.

"It is impossible to work like this," Sadikov told the Tengrin News and translated by the U.K.'s Daily Mail. "The crowd behaves like there is only one player at the championship,” she added.

The six-foot Altynbekova was even reportedly featured in a local Taipei newspaper that devoted a 10-page photo spread to her beauty.

"I was flattered at first but it's all getting a little bit much," Altynbekova said, according to the Daily Mail. "I want to concentrate on playing volleyball and to be famous for that, not anything else."

Altynbekova currently runs an Instagram account, which has over 277,000 followers.

Kazakhstan finished seventh at the recently completed 12-team tournament.


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