Tajik Ruling Family Plays Ball
Nov 9, 2010
It appears one cannot be a self-respecting Central Asian leader's child these days without owning a successful football club.
This time round, it’s the turn of the son of Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rakhmon, Rustam Emomali, who has led his Istiqol football team to its first-ever championship title this weekend after beating second-placed Regar-TadAZ.
Emomali is nothing if not busy and versatile. On top of founding Istiqol (“Independence”), he also plays as an attacker for the Dushanbe-based club and became deputy president of the football federation at the start of the month.
On top of all these sporting achievements, all accomplished at the tender age of 22, Emomali is also the head of a government entrepreneurship-promotion agency and the Youth Union of Tajikistan, a successor to the Soviet-era Komsomol youth league.
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