After so much publicized Marat Safin’s decision to climb Mount Cho-Oyu, here comes Marat Safin’s letter to his fans relayed by Amit Naor (his former coach and good friend):
I am writing this letter on behalf of Marat who has been in touch with me in the last 48 hours and asked me to pass on this message to you all.
The delegation has reached the next height of moving to the base camp for Cho-Oyu and at this stage Marat has realised several points.
Talking to me and to the people he is closest to in the delegation and his coach via satellite phone – he has decided that the smartest and bravest decision for him is to step down and to start a very long 5 day trip back to travel down the mountains and back to Moscow.
While Marat is starting his long trip back – his fellow Russians will be playing in the
Smart, but I wouldn’t call it a brave decision.
(Source: Marat Safin’s website)