By Eurohoops team / firstname.lastname@example.org
CSKA Moscow coach Dimitris Itoudis commented on EuroLeague teams playing with a diminished roster and games being not held due to multiple coronavirus cases, saying that this situation takes the fairness and competitive side out of the championship.
“The overall situation is getting worse and worse,” Itoudis said in his pregame comments ahead of the road match vs. Fenerbahce Beko, per CSKA. “Khimki lacks healthy players. Zenit didn’t travel at all. I don’t know how things will turn out for them in the end. ASVEL has many cases of infection. We also have four cases and even more at CSKA B’. I can mention many more teams that we’ve played with, Barcelona and others, but I’m just a coach. Believe me, the championship is losing its competitive aspect, sense of fairness and activity.”
Zenit didn’t travel to Spain for the games vs. Baskonia and Valencia due to having 13 cases (including eight players and head coach Xavi Pascual) of coronavirus on the team. Khimki made the same trip to face Real Madrid and Baskonia with eight players from the senior roster and by adding plays from the youth teams.
The game between ASVEL and Panathinaikos will not be played due to the French team being unable to register eight healthy players for the game due to coronavirus cases.