I'm sure at this point you've seen our story on Sergeii Laschenko claiming that he was slighted out of money and his car by SuperKombat. We reached out to Laschenko as well as his management and have not heard back from them yet, sadly. We've also reached out to SuperKombat and spoken with a few officials now, and it is clear, that at least from their perspective, they've done what they could for Sergeii and this seems like a misunderstanding. Sergeii simply did not want the car and wished to sell it, leaving the car in the showroom although it was signed to him. His management also appeared to demand Irimia and co. sell the car for them. Attached is a press release from Eduard Irimia.
"Dear SuperKombat and martial arts fans,
After the last rumours regarding the prize from last year's Superkombat tournament that was not paid, I have the next comments and a very clear position.
We announced the finalists that the winner will get a Mitsubishi Lancer RAlliart special edition and at the end of the tournament I asked Lascenko's manager what he decided to do with the car as Laschenko is from UKraine and he told me that would prefer the "net" cash money from the car price, without taxes. I agreed to help them to sell the car in Romania as I understood is difficult for him to manage with documents and registration but I asked a power of attorney necessary for selling the car in the name of Lascenko.
Since this discussion, I was waiting those documents and they sent me only letter by hand or email asking me to sell the car as official documents! And that way the time was running, and even the clients we found to sell the car were very skeptical to buy the car as we could not provide official documents in the name of Lascenko.
At one moment I received a message from one of Lascenko's managers, Donatas Simanaitis of Lithuania, who tried to blackmail me with big negative campaign on the internet, against me and the SuperKombat. I attached also this conversation to prove it.
As a conclusion because we always respected the fighters, we are waiting Lascenko to get his car and we close the eyes on the situation he created as our partner who provided the car is not happy with this negative campaign, as well as our international broadcasters.
I am so sorry that I tried to involve more that I suppose to and in life we pay for our action but I am sure that people who check the evidence will understand. Until than keep the eyes on SuperKombat live 12th May and by the way this year we have as prize a Mitsubishi Pajero 4x4!!!! I am hoping that this year the winner will respect more the prize he will get."
Eduard Irimia, SuperKombat
- from Donatas Simanaitis, Lithuanian manager, blackmailing Mr Irimia: http://i47.tinypic.com/24y2zoj.jpg
- from Mike Passenier: http://i48.tinypic.com/mn1735.jpg
UPDATE: We've received further word from SuperKombat that Eduard Irimia would like to announce that he will no longer work with any fighters under the management of Mr. Simanaitis until Simanaitis issues a public apology, as Irimia was even trying to help Laschenko. They've also provided us with copies of Laschenko's letter giving Irimia power to sell the car and his documentation to do so.