The national team of Ukraine will play against the European basketball champion on February 20
On February 11, a press conference was held in PM Hall on the eve of the final matches of the men’s national team of Ukraine in the qualification for the European Championship-2022.
The team of Ainars Bagatskis will play against the European champions of Slovenia on February 20, and on February 22 will close the selection with a match against Hungary.
It will be recalled that the Ukrainian national team qualified for the finals of the EuroBasket ahead of schedule and will try to improve its tournament position in the group in the next window and will claim first place in the selection. To do this, our team needs to win two home games.
Simultaneously with the tournament fight, the coaching staff of the national team will give a chance to young players who will be able to make their debut in matches for the national team, the head coach of the teamAinars Bogatskis said:
“Although my head is full of work at the club, I am definitely looking forward to this bubble, where you can represent the national team. For me, the national team is a special emotion, a special basketball.
We have a change of generations and we try to invite more young players during each selection window, who can make their debut and become the face of the national team in the near future.
Therefore, there are new players in the national team – Voynalovych, Korenyuk and Skapintsev, who may have a debut. “
President of the Basketball Federation of Ukraine Mykhailo Brodsky noted the importance of trust on the part of FIBA, which has appointed the venue for the decisive matches of the Kyiv Palace of Sports, and said the importance of the potential return of fans to the stands:
“We will not have the usual format, unfortunately, there are still no spectators in the stands, I would like them to come and see.
During my last conversation with the Government, I received information that they intend to decide on February 15 that not only 50% of spectators will be allowed to go to concerts, but also to sports events. It is important for us that spectators come to our games.
We went to the European Championship, but it is important for us to take first place, raise our rating and be in a more solid basket in the draw.
In addition to young players, the national team of Ukraine also includes experienced performers, team leaders. In particular the forward Vyacheslav Bobrov, who, after playing in the top championship of Spain, spends the 2020/21 season in the Parimatch Super League:
“I am convinced that the level of Ukrainian basketball is growing, trying to return to the time when quality legionnaires came to Ukraine. Great merit in the revival of basketball by the Federation, many matches are now broadcast on TV and YouTube. Ukrainian basketball is heard in the world, all three of our teams have reached the next stage of the FIBA European Cup ”.
Vadim Missouri, Parimatch representative: “The fact that the matches of the final round of the EuroBasket selection will take place in Kyiv shows that basketball in Ukraine is at a high level. Our partnership with FBU lasts for four years. The main goal of this partnership is the development of domestic basketball. And the numbers that now show the broadcasts of the Parimatch Super League and the games of the National Teams of Ukraine, show that we are on the right track.
Almost 80% of basketball matches are broadcast on television. From this season, the men’s Super League can be seen not only on “XSPORT” and “Obozrevatel”, but also on “Setanta Sports” and “Kyiv” TV channel. The rest is shown on YouTube with a lot of views. For its part, Parimatch tries to support sports media as much as possible. After all, their word is very important for support sports. “
Matches with the participation of the national team of Ukraine against Slovenia (February 20) and Hungary (February 22) will be broadcast live in Ukraine by XSPORT TV channel. The matches will take place in the Kyiv Palace of Sports.
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