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Tab movement in continental basketball. FIBA Europe announced yesterday the deferral of a good handful of its competitions, which were suspended in their day and will now change format. The body, forced by the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, has moved to the club tournaments it organizes in the fall, and to those lower-level European championships that were due to be held this summer, until 2021. The movement splashes, and in a direct way, the interests of Spar Citylift Girona. With no options in the Euroleague, the club’s future at international level had to be written in the Eurocup. Once the competition has been suspended, it will be resolved, provided the circumstances allow, with a Final Eight in a few months. It will be at a single venue yet to be chosen, with the surviving teams as participants. The Girona is one of them. Also his quarterfinal opponent, the Reyer Venezia. There will therefore be no two-way tie. The duel would be direct, in the same scenario and with only a few days apart. If it does not do, as with the Queen’s Cup.

This is the FIBA’s will. Or at least the most advanced project. Now the situation must allow it and the participating clubs also agree. They were consulted this week for the alternative. Also in Girona. It was this past Monday, as revealed by the President of the Spar Citylift Girona, Cayetano Pérez. He offers a cautious and realistic point of view, without flying pigeons or applauding, but ready to accept it if the conditions are suitable. That is, if you can play it without endangering the health of everyone. “It’s not a bad option, as long as everyone’s safety is guaranteed and the situation allows,” he says. If you go ahead, this format will be moved by the end of September or at the latest by mid-October. This generates “certain doubts” in Fontajau. “The squad will not be the same as it is now and will catch us at the beginning of the season.” However, the final assessment is not entirely negative: “If you give, it will be a good start for everyone to start competing in a competition like this”. Uni closed the Euroleague group stage in sixth place, ahead of Sopron and Arka Gdynia. Enough to secure the ticket for the Eurocup quarterfinals, where they had to face Reyer Venezia.

And the League?

Separate chapter deserves the outcome of the Women’s League 1. With four days to complete the regular league, the team from Girona was second, to a single victory of the Perfumerías Avenida and ready to revalidate the title. The competition was also halted (the last match is on March 1) and it is not yet known if it will be able to end normally. It all depends on what the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB) decides to do, which has not yet been pronounced and does nothing more than canceling matches. “We think it will be very difficult to play again, but right now we are waiting for the Federation to make the decision,” warns Cayetano Pérez. Some of the Uni players, once the competitions were suspended, were given permission to return to their respective countries. For example, Abby Bishop, Sonja Vasic or Adaora Elonu.

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