BELGRADE, SERBIA. 21th of October 2020.
Health stands above everything and is
not negotiable in these difficult times.
Euroleague Head Coaches offer their
support to come to the best possible solutions for the competitions.
COVID 19 affects all parts of life.
It costs people´s life every day now around the globe. Basketball and all
participants of Euroleague competitions are of course affected as well and we
all suffer equally. This pandemic makes us all humble and helpless at times but
we are full of hope.
We are standing at the side of all
people and families who suffer from COVID and wish them a speedy recovery. We
are glad that our friends and colleagues Dimitris Itoudis and Sarunas
Jasikevicius have recovered so far and we wish Xavi Pascual, our players, the
officials and the clubs staff infected a speedy recovery.
On Monday evening the members of EHCB met for hours
via videoconference to update each other on their experiences, to analyze the
current situation and to discuss potential suggestions. It has expressly stated
that the previous statements of its members were all oriented towards
maintaining the fair play of the competition in the best possible way. All our members are part of the Euroleague
competitions and try to do something good in those difficult times. We want to do good to our players, fans and
Euroleague and also to help each other in every possible way.
We strongly believe that the health
of all people and stakeholders involved in the competition of Euroleague stands
above everything and is not negotiable.
We believe that these difficult times of the COVID pandemic will pass and
we ask our fans to be patient, supportive for the players and those that attend
games in the arenas to strictly follow the medical protocols.
We appreciate the fact that
Euroleague works hard to continue with the competition under these challenging
circumstances that are changing on a daily basis. We are aware that the current
situation creates fair play problems. This is why we as leaders offer our
support to Euroleague to work together to optimize the rules and come to decisions
the most suitable and flexible way possible. We are certain that in these days there cannot
be prohibitions to think. We expect and offer our voice to be heard and we
support our members to think out loud and to be vocal. These unprecedented
times need new approaches and might require tough decisions to meet our joint
responsibility for health and fair play at the same time. We welcome the latest
changes the ECA board took on the 19.10.2020 adjusting the modification of the
EB special regulations due to COVID 19. This is why we as EuroLeague Head Coaches
offer our knowledge and experience, our courage and our love for the great game
of Basketball. We are certain that this is what millions of fans and supporters
expect and deserve from us. We do not come to the table with concrete proposals,
but we have suggestions to make and we have opinions on the medical protocol
for example. As all the fans and
supporters of our teams we are keen to come back stronger. The biggest win for all of us now will not be
to win the EuroLeague trophy but when all arenas will be filled with maximum