The President of Professional basketball club “Lokomotiv-Kuban” (Krasnodar), Andrey Vedishchev has commented on the decision of the Directorate of Euroleague not to finish the competition in the main continental tournament, and the second most important European Competition.
Player of BC “Lokomotiv-Kuban” Sam Dekker. Photo: Vitaly Timkivi/RIA Novosti
How did you feel about the final abolition of the seasons Euroleague and the Eurocup?
Andrey Vedishchev: As a fan are upset, but as the head of the club perfectly understand the reasons for the decision. It was obvious that in a pandemic the resumption of the competition is a big question, too many risks.
In the club “Lokomotiv-Kuban” know this firsthand…
Andrey Vedishchev: Yes, we were among the first seriously faced with the coronavirus. All who returned from the away match of the League of Estonian of Tallinn, after meeting with “Kalev” the next day they took the test. Immediately after a two-week quarantine. In General, the forced pause was perceived differently. Some players wanted to return to their families. Others were eager to stay in the team and continue to train. We correctly assessed the situation from the beginning. Took the only right decision, leaving the guys to see their families alive and healthy.
As the current situation is reflected in the cooperation with the basketball players?
Andrey Vedishchev: This is a difficult time go smoothly only if all are aware of the responsibility and willing to compromise. It must be an oncoming two-way traffic. I know that our players understand that. Some have already renewed contracts for next season. Their names will be announced in the coming days.
In the regular championship of Euroleague managed to play 28 rounds of 34. the Permit has been abolished in the playoffs ahead of schedule has won CSKA, “Khimki” went on to claim the three remaining vacancies in a tournament with knock-out (out of eight). St. Petersburg “Zenith” on a forced finish came in the unenviable status of an outsider – 18-e a place. In the Euro Cup was played two group stages, decided on a pair of quarterfinals. The top 8 was a Russian team UNICS (Kazan). “Lokomotiv-Kuban” took part in the draw of the European Cup in the group stage.