Parimatch Super League at the start: waiting for the capital derby and home matches of the national team
PMHUB held a press conference on new Parimatch Super League in Kyiv.
Basketball season starts with the Final of the Ukrainian Cup, which will be held on October 3-4 in Yuzhne, the trophy will be contested among Khimik, Kyiv Basket, Odesa and Dnipro, which won the Cup last time. The Parimatch Super League matches will resume in a week.
The head coach of “Kyiv Basket”Ainars Bagatskis said that his team cannot wait for official matches to start and now the main thing is for the players simply not to burn out. He also added that everyone is looking forward to the capital derby with “Budivelnyk”. And the FBU Secretary General Volodymyr Drabikovskyi noted that we have chances to see the Ukrainian national team on the home field in February.
It should be noted that for the first time since 2014, more than 10 teams will compete for the title of the Parimatch Super League Champion. Besides, legendary capital “Budivelnyk”, the most titled Ukrainian team, returns to the competition. Geography of the tournament is expanding as well: this season we will see Ternopil basketball club on the field.
FBU Secretary General Volodymyr Drabikovskyi: “It’s hard to believe, but we haven’t had big basketball for almost 7 months. We played 3X3, held a championship in e-basketball. And now the basketball is back. On Sunday we will find out the winner of the Cup, and then Parimatch Super League starts. We’ve all been waiting for this and are set for an interesting sporting fight.”
Kyiv-Basket head coach Ainars Bagatskis: “We are tired of training and we want to play. And I see that mentally the players are already at the match, we even have to stop and calm them down a bit. Things are getting better in Ukrainian basketball. Players of the national team who performed in the championships of other countries are returning. It proves that clubs and the Parimatch Super League are growing.”
Kyiv Basket player Oleksandr Mishula: “I immediately liked the offer to return to Ukraine. I didn’t think for long and very quickly decided to shift to “Kyiv Basket”. Being in Turkey, I followed the Parimatch Super League and saw the level of the championship rise. This season will be truly intense and interesting. Lots of strong players, lots of teams, the fans will be pleased.”
Parimatch representative Vadym Misiura: “We, together with the FBU for the fourth year, were side by side throughout difficult periods in Ukrainian basketball. And we can say that this sport does not just stand still, but progresses, even despite the pandemic. Parimatch, as a representative of socially responsible business, is ready to support Ukrainian sports, including basketball, which is becoming one of the most prominent sports in Ukraine. We will continue to hold the “Match of the stars” together, and “Training with a Star” project will continue. We also plan to please fans with new spectacular activities.”
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