Head coach of “Khimki” Rimas Kurtinaitis reacted to the decision of Euroleague to terminate the season because of the pandemic coronavirus.
Earlier it became known that the speaker in this season’s Euroleague, CSKA, Khimki and Zenit St. Petersburg will keep its place for the next season.
— This is the right decision, because otherwise it would be a lot of nuances, — said Kurtinaitis. And I’m not talking about the fact that we don’t know how it will develop the virus. If all teams, for example, in one city, then after one or two games might have something to happen. I don’t know how to physically get everyone in the same city. All 18 teams have to train, and how many rooms will be available. Accordingly there will be enough time for training.
— Secondly, the teams are in unequal conditions: some teams were training in full swing, and the Russian clubs could not do. And most importantly — how to collect Americans who played an important role in the Euroleague. It’s not that easy. The Euroleague has made a lot of effort, but came to this decision. And I think that’s right. Well like I always say: the surgeon wants to operate, and the coach wants to coach. And I as the trainer is ready to work.
At the time of the suspension of the regular season of the Euroleague Khimki has played 28 games and took in the table in seventh place. The start of the tournament next season is scheduled for 1 October.