The focus of this year’s EuroLeague has been on the Serbian capital of Belgrade but next season, no Serbian representative will feature in the competition.

This is due to Crvena Zvezda surprisingly losing out to Montenegrin side Budocnost in the Adriatic League finals and legendary Serbian coach Dusan Ivkovic has stated that with Serbian basketball in the spotlight, especially with Belgrade hosting the Final Four next month, the nation not having a EuroLeague side for the first time since 2001 hurts.

“Crvena Zvezda is not in EuroLeague and that’s bad for Serbian basketball,” Ivkovic said per Novosti.

“I hope that our clubs will be able to gain some strength since the talent and foundations are there. There are always certain solutions when things are tight and I think that Serbian clubs will find them and that we will have a club in EuroLeague in the season after the next.”