(ANSA) – ROME, APRIL 01 – “Italy will not play against Russia on July 1 next the fifth match of the first qualifying phase for the 2023 World Cup”: said the president of Federbasket, Giovanni Petrucci, at the end of the federal council.
“International basketball – he underlined – stands out for a stance that will make history, namely that of waiting for the month of May to take further measures against Russia. I am truly disappointed and I did not think it would go that far. It was not enough that the almost all of the international federations excluded Russia from competitions and that the CAS confirmed the provisions made on the matter by the Italian Football Federation. The IOC’s recommendation was not enough, which evidently was mistaken for a ‘lecture’. war in progress, what else needs to happen? Have they then assessed, in FIBA, that in the second phase of qualifying for the 2023 World Cup there could be two matches between Russia and Ukraine? I do not see what could change between now and May. It is clear that the athletes do not have no responsibility in this regard “.
Petrucci added: “As a result of the decisions of other European countries and what CONI President Giovanni Malagò said, the FIP decided, after informing the Undersecretary of Sport Valentina Vezzali, that the National team will not play the fifth match of the first phase. qualification for the 2023 World Cup against Russia scheduled for 1 July 2022. A similar decision was made by the Federations of the Netherlands and Iceland, both of which are part of the same group as the Azzurri “. (HANDLE).