As you know, our managing director Zoltán Török has come up with a suggestion to launch the most prestigious competition in January. At the next meeting on Monday, however, the authorities have crossed it out, and they still vouch for the unsure beginning in October.
As our managing director said, our club's opinion is that opposed to a possible short-cut season all games should be played. It is possible only if all European clubs participated in their domestic league in a condensed two-games-a-week rhythm. That way there would be a possibility in the first period of 2021 to launch Euroleague in a hybrid short-cut way even without a vaccine. With the help of a vaccine even two or three rounds could be played within two weeks including gamedays at the weekends, and returning to the old version of the playoffs with gamedays on Tuesday-Friday-Wednesday, and with the appointment of the host of the FINAL4 in advance cutting the four weeks necessary to organize the tournament down to 10-12 days we could spare a significant amount of time. Unfortunately, the suggestion didn't get any support from FIBA, even though the start of EuroCup was delayed until January.
So there is still no conclusive decision, however, time is running out. There are many question marks, and the October start raises multiple problems, already regarding the first game, since our club is supposed to travel to Ekaterinburg according to the schedule, where even getting a visa is difficult, and the means of transport in the current circumstances of air travel is impossible to plan. A possible solution would be renting a charter plane, but that would take a tremendous amount of money putting serious, unforeseen financial burden on our budget. The next problem our team would face would be after returning home by having to take many tests and follow the protocol of the epidemic, which would mean a handicap for us against our rivals in the Hungarian championship.
"In the next few days we will have to rethink participating in Euroleague." - said Zoltán Török in conclusion.
Tájékoztatjuk tisztelt szurkolóinkat a Novomatic Aréna közleménye alapján, hogy a létesítmény a már korábban bevezetett járványügyi protokoll szerint üzemel tovább, így a szeptemberi sport rendezvények, beleértve a felkészülési mérkőzéseinket (szeptember 11