Super League Pari-Match: to the start
Today in "Champion Hall| Parimatch" hosted a press conference of the Basketball Federation of Ukraine and TM Parimatch on the occasion of the start of the new basketball season in Ukraine. This season, the main basketball championship of the country will again be named Super League Pari-Match and will start on September 27.
The journalists were contacted by FBU President Mikhail Brodsky, TM Parimatch representative Vadim Misyura and head coach of the National team of Ukraine and "Kyiv-Basquet" – Ainars Richskis.
This year's number of clubs in the Pari-Match Super League will increase to nine. The newcomer of the Super League will be the ambitious champion of the Higher League – "Prometheus" from Kamensky, and the place of Kharkiv "Polytechnic" will be taken by their countrymen from the "Kharkiv Falcons". The remaining 7 clubs will leave behind a residency in the Pari-Match Super League. And these are "Chemist", "Kyiv-Basket", Zaporozhye, Dnipro, Odessa, Nikolaev and "Cherkassy Monkeys".
Mykhailo Brodsky, President of the FBU: "Basketball in Ukraine continues to develop. There are some important things — it is the interest of fans in this sport, which we and the clubs are trying to warm up and the interest of sponsors and partners. On the example of Parimatch, we can see this, very grateful to this company for the support of not only the championship, but also the national team of Ukraine and other endeeds of the FBU. Another important factor is the infrastructure that needs to be enriched and we are working on it. Today, several arenas are being built in Ukraine – the state helps with subventions. We hope that this program will not be addressed by the government next year. In these halls you can play in addition to basketball also in handball, volleyball, futsal, you can hold concerts – this is the life of the country and mass sport.
Like last season, not only the champion will be determined in the Pari-Match Super League, but also individual MVP awards and the symbolic top five of the Super League will be handed out. Also each month, TM Parimatch will determine the league's best player.
Vadym Misyura, representative of TM Parimatch: "We see the progress of Ukrainian basketball in recent years and it is pleasant to realize that these achievements are a common result of the work of a single team of coaching staff, players, functionaries and partners of the Federation. This season we will continue regular training with the star, identify the best players and monitor the vicissitudes of the Match of the Stars. Moreover, we also plan to jointly implement other joint initiatives".
Another of the topics of the press conference was the participation of "Kyiv-Basketball" in the Champions League qualification.
Ainars Richskis, head coach of BC "Kyiv-Baskett": "As for me, Burgos is the strongest opponent of all possible in qualifying, if judged by opportunities, traditions and surnames on T-shirts. But in this format – a two-run duel – everything is possible. In such matches, you can beat anyone. I can't say that we were 100% stronger than the Austrians on paper. In some ways they were even more experienced than us. We prepare for Burgos as usual, we know everything about them, just like they do about us. They have two players playing in the World Cup as part of the Brazil national team. We will try to present a surprise and most importantly, that this surprise does not turn against us, but worked against the Spaniards.
Already on September 26 in the capital's Palace of Sports Kiev will host the Spanish "Burgos".
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