Listening to Uzbekistan’s nationwide anthem after a victorious battle has at all times been Mukhamadjon Turgunov’s largest dream. However the former kickboxing champion by no means had the possibility to signify his nation in worldwide tournaments. For stateless folks like him, travelling overseas was largely off limits.
“It felt as if I used to be a part of a household, however however an orphan; as if this nation didn’t settle for me,” he says. “I’m Uzbek. I grew up in Uzbekistan, I studied right here, I really like this nation.”
Now the fighter-turned-taekwondo teacher hopes that he’ll quickly be capable of journey to look at his college students compete overseas. In April this 12 months, after being stateless for 28 of his 29 years, he lastly grew to become an Uzbek citizen.