Boris Sapozhnikov, Vice President of SEHA – Gazprom League, commented on the refusal of European clubs to participate in the tournament.
“Due to the fact that the European bureaucracy plays politics more than handball, these teams unfortunately were unable to make the play-offs. We were ready, but they were not. Happens. If the team does not show up for the game, it is lost, so there can be no talk of a second or third divisional final. There is only one final out of four and it has already started and will end here in St. Petersburg today. The challenge cup has been handed over here and we are looking forward to which of the Belarusian teams will become the league champion today. This is a historic event. The fact is that such a situation is due to the fact that the European Federation of International Handball, the Olympic Committee really want to play politics. We follow the principle that sport should be outside of politics. We want to play handball, develop it, popularize it. What is the difference between a fan here and a fan at Osprey? Nothing! He loves handball and came to cheer on his team. And this is our fundamental principle. People who want to develop and love handball have gathered here. In this case, we are the only league that wants to develop handball. It is in this spirit that we exist. We cannot be banned. We are, we will be, we will play handball,” Sapozhnikov said at a press conference.
In the final of the SEHA-Gazprom League, SKA-Minsk and Meshkov Brest will play. Their game will take place on June 8 at 20:00 Moscow time. The Chekhov Bears vs. Perm Bears match for third place will take place on the same day, but will start at 17:00 Moscow time.