Russian basketball clubs have been excluded from the EuroLeague and Eurocup for the 2022/23 season in response to the invasion of Ukraine. This Thursday, an organization was announced to manage two major European competitions for the sport.
On February 24, after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the EuroLeague decided to suspend the match of three Russian clubs (CSKA Moscow, Zenito St. Petersburg, Kazan) and withdraw permanently until the end of the season.
At a meeting of the EuroLeague Executive Committee this Thursday The body has decided to suspend the club of the Russian Federation from the 2022/23 season tournament.In response to the ongoing war events in Ukraine. “
This decision was made Not only the difficulty of travelingDue to visa issuance restrictions Not only took into account similar decisions of other sports organizations And at the request of 37 European sports ministers.
“The integrity and fairness of the competition and the safety of all stakeholders are our top priorities and should not be risked,” EuroLeague Basketball added in a statement.
CSKA Moscow is the only Russian club with a long-term license for the semi-closed league (12 of 18 other clubs also have this license), Zenit was invited and Kazan qualified for the Euro Cup final Of 2020/21.
As a direct result of the removal of Russian clubs, the EuroLeague has revisited three clubs for the main competition next season: Bologna (Italy), Eurocup winners, Valencia (Spain) and Partizan Belgrade (Serbia). ).
CSKA Moscow President Andrey Vatutin called the decision to exclude Russian clubs from the EuroLeague next season “political” And “it was already taken before the start of the meeting.”
Andrey Vatutin regrets thinking that “everyone” on the EuroLeague board needs to discuss the possibility of participating in the tournament with a Russian club and discusses the possibility of proceeding with a lawyer. Added.
Therefore, the 18 teams of EuroLeague 2022/23 are Alba Berlin (Ale), Efes (Tur), Monaco (France), Milan (Italy), Baskonia (Spain), Red Star (Sel), FC Barcelona ( Spain), Bayern Munich (Ale), Fenerbahçe (Tur), Villeurbanne (Fra), Maccabi Tel Aviv (Isr), Olympiacos (Gre), Panathinaikos (Gre), Partizan (Ser), Real Madrid (Esp), Valencia (Esp) ), Bologna (Italy) and Kaunas (lit).
Participating in Eurocup 2022/23 are Podgorica (Mne), Ljubljana (Slo), Trent (Ita), Bursaspor (Tur), Gran Canaria (Esp), Hamburg Towers (Ale), Hapoel Tel Aviv (Isr), JL Bourg in Breath (France), Hoventuto Badalona (Esp), Rieto Caberispanevezis (lit), London Lions (Ing), Brescia (Italy), Paris (France), Prometheus (Ucr), Prometheus Patras ( Greece), Ratiopharm Ulm (Ale), Slask Wroclaw (Pol), Ankara (Tur), Cluj-Napoca (Rom), Venice (Ita).