Credit: FIBA
Credit FIBA

Russia's coach Sergey Bazarevich and team captain Andrey Vorontsevich emphasized their excitement to compete for a ticket that leads to Tokyo Olympic Games.

Andrey Vorontsevich

Andrey  Vorontsevich
Team: Nizhny Novgorod
Position: PF
Age: 33
Height: 207 cm
Weight: 107 kg
Birth place: Russian Federation

Russia is playing Germany on the 1st of July in their Pre-Olympic opener, hosted in Split, Croatia.

"We are excited to be here. The Olympics is a goal for every athlete. We're missing many players. We have some players with experience; we will fight," Bazarevich said in the opening press conference.

Asked about the role of the underdog ascribed to Russia, the experienced coach replied: "I don't know if this is our chance for an upset. We're here, focusing on ourselves. Everyone has a chance. It's a tough and short tournament. With Covid-19, it's a bit of a lottery, in which we participate and have the same chances as everyone else."

From his part, team captain Andrey Vorontsevich said: "All the guys are excited to be here, be part of the NT. The arena and the atmosphere around the tournament are great. We'll try to stay together. I know the players of Nizhny that are on the NT. They are high-level, talented and motivated."

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Andrey Vorontsevich

Andrey  Vorontsevich
Andrey  Vorontsevich
MIN: 30.82
PTS: 14.6 (61.29%)
REB: 6.6
As: 2.6
ST: 1.2
BL: 0.8
TO: 2.4
GM: 5