Euroleague BasketballAs was rumoured in the last days and officially confirmed today, Ukrainian Euroleague preliminaries qualificant Azovmash Mariupol is not able to meet the requirements needed in order to participate in the 09/10 Euroleague campaign.
According to the league ranking, Hemofarm of Serbia would technically be the next team to gain the right for a B-licence for the preliminaries, however, Euroleague is preparing a wildcard in place of the Azovmash spot, and the leading candidate is Aris Tessaloniki. Aris, of course, is not on the ranking list having only finished fourth in the Greek league this year, but those who have been following the Euroleague development over the past frew months already know: Hemofarm just became a victim of politics.