Euroleague Covid recap, as for now in Turkish Airlines Euroleague.
5 rounds played, 4 weeks of action and this is what happened till now in Turkish Airlines Euroleague due to COVID-19 impact on the rosters.
Barça vs Cska – Russians missing Strelnieks, Milutinov and Antonov.
Cska vs Maccabi – Home team missing Strelnieks, Milutinov and Antonov.
Khimki vs Zalgiris – Moscow Region team without Mickey, Timma, Voronov, Monroe and Barashkov.
Zenit vs Barcelona – While team on the road was missing only Coach Jasi, the home one was without Pushkov, Hollins, Trushkin and Gudaitis, plus a member of the staff (Kozlov).
Olimpia vs Asvel – Visiting french missing Hayes.
Baskonia vs Zenit – Game will not be played due to Zenit not traveling to Spain. Ponitka, Volkhin, Baron, Pangos plus Coach Pascual and 3 assistant coaches added to the list of tested positive players. Initially 0-20 then just postponed due to the new rules.
Valencia vs Barcelona – “Blaugrana” missing Mirotic but Coach Jasi is back on the bench.
Real Madrid vs Khimki – Visiting russian with only 8 players cleared to play. Mickey, Barashkov, Timma, Monroe and Voronov still out due to virus.
Asvel vs Panathinaikos – French team missing 4 players: Strazel, Hayes, Cole, Lighty plus members of the staff. Game postponed.
Fenerbahçe vs Cska – Red Army team still without Milutinov, Strelnieks and Antonov. Lopatin was added to the positive list one day before the game (oct 13th).
Crvena Zvezda vs Zalgiris – Lauvergne back in action for the lithuanian after a couple of negative tests.
In this round just two games, Alba vs Efes and Olympiacos vs Olimpia are without virus cases.
Asvel vs Crvena Zvezda – Postponed due to french team situation.
Barça vs Panathinaikos – Barça still missing Mirotic.
Cska vs Alba – Home team with Milutinov back in the roster but still missing Strelnieks.
Baskonia vs Khimki – Once again big problems for Khimki that added some youngsters’ force to get to 10 players available.
Valencia vs Zenit – The game won’t be played since St. Petersburg’s team did not travel to Spain. Initially 0-20 then listed as a postponed game.
Zalgiris vs Efes – Game played in front of a crowd of about 5000 fans.
Olimpia vs Real – Fabien Causeur DNP. Two days later Madrid announced he resulted positive.
Fenerbahçe vs Bayern and Olympiacos vs Maccabi, as well as Zalgiris vs Efes are games with no virus cases.
Zenit vs Olimpia – Game postponed due to the situation of russian team, still difficult.
Efes vs Asvel – Game postopned due to the cases in the french team.
Alba vs Baskonia – Game postponed since Alba informed about 5 cases on oct 20th (1 more added then on oct 23rd).
Zalgiris vs Valencia – Still 5000 people in Zalgirio Arena. Game without any positive.
Panathinaikos vs Fenerbahçe – No problem linked to the virus for this game.
Crvena Zvezda vs Cska – Emanuel Terry back for the home team, while visitors add Semen Antonov but still missing Strelnieks and Lopatin.
Khimki vs Maccabi – Shved, Timma, Monroe, Mickey and Voronov back in action for the russian team.
Bayern vs Olympiacos – This game too had no problem linked to the virus.
Barcelona vs Real – Home team still missing Mirotic, waiting for the last day from first day of positivity, while the “blancos” couldn’t play Causeur.
Before Round 6 Olimpia Milan announced two cases. A first one on oct 23rd and a second one on oct 26th.
Olimpia Milan vs Alba Berlin is postponed, still due to the germans’ situation as well as Zenit vs Panathinaikos after the greens’ statement about a positive case in the roster. Greek rules require quarantine for the whole team, so that the trip to St Petersburg was impossible for the Oaka side.
On oct 27th Efes released a statement about a case in their organisation.
So till now there are 8 games postponed. 5 of them were rescheduled yesterday, while 3 are still studied for the best possible solution.
Well, the situation is definitely complicated and we can’t but hope something could be better the soonest possible, but what is more important is that all the teams, the EL board and the whole organization agree in principles and keep on pushing in the direction of keeping this season alive.