The pressure of the players and the logistical and organizational problems have caused the cancellation of the course, at the proposal of Jordi Bertomeu himself. The next edition will be played by the same 18 teams
There will be no 2020 champion. The Euroleague season, for the first time since its inauguration in 2001, will be deserted in its palmares. Furthermore, since ASK Riga won the first edition in 1958, there has always been a champion of Europe. Despite the efforts of the maximum continental competition, the telephone assembly on Monday 25has decided to cancel the course, also that of the Eurocup.
It was not even necessary to vote for the 11 clubs with License A (Real Madrid, Barcelona, Baskonia, Panathinaikos, Olympiacos, Fenerbahe, Anadolu Efes, CSKA, Maccabi, Zalgiris and Milan), although there were some for the work of trying to continue exploring the tournament resolution at a single venue. But circumstances have ended up giving reason to theELPA (Players Association), who had previously sent a letter to the Euroleague asking for the season to be canceled.
They highlighted the risk of injury, as three weeks would not be enough to physically fine-tune the players. Because although there are teams that have already started their training, such as the case of the Spanish or the Germans, in other countries this is not the case. And many of his foreign players returned to their passes. But there were many more organizational and logistical difficulties, with borders in between, so it wasJordi Bertomeuthe one who proposed to the clubs to end the competition. “Without a doubt, this is the most difficult decision we have had to make in our 20-year history,” said the CEO.
One of the board’s conclusions was that, for the next academic year, the 18 teams that have contested this edition will remain. In addition to Madrid, Bara and Baskonia, theValencia Basketalso continue to be part of the Euroleague.
In the statement, the Euroleague itself stresses that “the different evolution of COVID-19 in the territories does not guarantee that all teams can hold their previous training sessions and prepare for matches under the same conditions” and that “health and Safety of our athletes, fans, staff, partners and local communities “has been the priority. Also that“different restrictions on the movements of citizens”of passes, does not provide “guarantees that all teams can travel to the designated place” for the resolution of the tournament.
The end of the Euroleague is yet another accolade for the resumption of the Endesa League, as there will never be any competition for the dates to organize the final ACB tournament. In the next few days the city designated for it will be known.
Although the 2020 season does have a European champion. Without Euroleague or Eurocup, theChampions League, tournament organized by FIBA, s be solved. The competition decided to postpone for the end of September and beginning of October 2020 the remaining matches, a Final to 8. San Pablo Burgos and Iberostar Tenerife are the Spanish representatives.
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