In an interesting interview to an Azeri sports website Rolandas Alijevas claimed that he is not a part of the Lithuanian National Team because he is Muslim. Read the entire interview.
Tell us some things about yourself.
My father is an Azeri while my mother is Lithuanian. I was born in Kaunas and have an older brother. Despite being born in Lithuania I am Muslim, like my father. I never visited Azerbaijan as a child. My father was a judo specialist.
I started judo at the age of three and then jumped to gymnastics. After a friend's suggestion I tried basketball and eventually turned into a professional player. At the same time my brother took upon judo and boxing but was never attracted by basketball. He now lives in London and he has nothing to do with sports.