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The president of the Russian basketball federation Andrei Kirilenko discussed various topics with Mozzart Sport, including Russian teams being excluded from continental and international competitions, via Eurohoops:

“I understand the situation. I am sure players don’t follow politics nor are interested in politics. But nowadays everyone is an expert. We are all experts in viruses and the next day in politics. I don’t know anything about politics. I know about basketball. That’s where I can help,” Kirilenko said referring to the ongoing war in Ukraine.

“I talk about basketball and play sports because I am convinced I understand how things work. Sports should be uniting people, not separating. Basketball exists for us to enjoy together and that’s how it should be all around the world.”