The head coach of Russian national team on basketball Sergey Bazarevich told us how the national team will be affected by the transfer of the Olympic qualification for 2021 due to the coronavirus.
In a month the Russian team was supposed to participate in the Olympic qualification. What role our team will play the postponement of the tournament in 2021?
It is very difficult to answer this question. I would like to hope that somehow the club seasons will be adapted to current events. If it is not Euroleague — why not start the next season early? And get plenty of time to not play then in the national Championships a shortened series of the playoffs, as planned in the current season. And then the training we had 8 days after the final of the League. Will favor the transfer? We have a story that the main players of the national team of Russia are not young — they are, roughly speaking, will be a year older. Let’s see how it turns out.
In the case of the same Timothy Brain — I guess now it’s his chance to play in the Olympic qualification above. Even despite the fact that he’s older. I hope that this time he will return to the court, hit some form. Let’s see how this all will turn. I have one comrade said: “Now the young guys come to reveal”. And where are they? To them to reveal, it is necessary to play. For the young guys now a catastrophic situation — they lose time. Conditional Vitaly Fridzon’ll be right back — so it is those two months of rest will benefit. Young not scored: muscle memory, connections between the mind and the body. And age… I think the main thing — desire. When age weighs on you psychologically, you start finding all sorts of physical problems. But mostly all in the head.
Originally the Olympic qualifying tournament was to be held in the first half of June 2020. It was rescheduled for the period from June 29 to July 4, 2021.
Russian national team will begin qualifying tournament in the Croatian split. Within the group, And she will play against Mexico (June 24) and Germany (25 June).