Kondrashin and Belov Cup will take place on September, 17-18th
Traditional preseason tournament Kondrashin and Belov Cup will take place at Yubileynyi arena on September, 17th and 18th. As it was a year ago, the Cup will be organized by BC Zenit, the city’s sports committee and the Basketball Federation of Saint Petersburg.
Besides Zenit, the cup will welcome three teams which are CSKA Moscow, MBA Moscow and Pari Nizhny Novgorod.
Later, we will announce the schedule and the tickets information.
Alexander Tserkovny, Zenit CEO:
— For us, Kondrashin and Belov Cup is the most important event of the preseason. For the fans, this is the first opportunity to see the new team. We wanted to invite a Euroleague team to this Cup, but now we have to postpone such plans. But it doesn’t matter that the tournament lacks its importance because of it; last year showed that teams really fight for the victory.
Pavel Oderov, president of the Basketball Federation of Saint Petersburg:
— Zenit and our federation will be organizing Kondrashin and Belov Cup for the second time in a row. This is a tournament that has a lot of history, it’s important for the basketball of Leningrad and later Saint Petersburg as a symbol that we know and follow our traditions. The main and the youth teams of our club brought back the reputation of the basketball capital to our city, so it’s kind of symbolic that VTB United League teams are starting their preparation for the season with our Cup. I think that the teams will show a great level of the game, and we will organize the top level event, too.
Alexandra Ovchinnikova, Alexander Belov’s widow:
— The fact that Kondrashin and Belov Cup is taking place again is very pleasurable. Big thanks to Zenit and the federation for this tournament. I think that the Cup is important, because it helps to keep the memories about Sasha and Vladimir Kondrashin alive. They did a lot for the Leningrad and the Soviet basketball. I think that this tournament is a nice memory for every basketball fan in Saint Petersburg, this event was always important in the life of the city.
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