"Lord, I don't ask that I should win, but please, please don't let me finish behind Akabusi."
Kazakhstan has been an independent country since 1991. It borders China, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan but is part of Europe for football and is even in England's World Cup qualifying group.
Dima and Margo are pioneers of sports ministry in Ost-Kamenogorsk, close to the Chinese border. Their ministry is called called World Sports. Stuart visited Dima and Margo in 2008 and acts as a mentor/encourager.
In 2008 Verité Sport sponsored the city schools' basketball tournament which Dima and Margo run as part of their ministry to teenagers in the city. Verité Sport sponsored the tournament again in 2009.
Verité Sport sponsored the publication in Kazakhstan of the Russian edition of the book Born to Play, which was published in early 2009.