Olympiacos youth team to compete in second division, seniors only to play in EuroLeague
Olympiacos BC have confirmed that their youth team will compete in the Greek Second Division, while the seniors only participate in the EuroLeague.
On Friday evening, Olympiacos released this following statement:
“Olympiacos BC registered to play in the second division today due to purely legal reasons. If obliged to compete in this league, the organisation will create a development team which contains young athletes from the Olympiacos academy and all over Greece. The team will compete under a different name, playing its matches on the practice court of the Peace and Friendship Stadium.
Whoever thinks that they can “play” with the glorious name, history and the fans of Olympiacos will find us against them on all levels.”
Reports subsequently confirmed that Olympiacos sent a letter to the Hellenic Basketball Federation which stated that the club has registered to compete in the 2019/2020 Greek Second Division. The development team will be able to play in the Greek Cup as well.
Olympiacos have also revealed that they will participate in the 2019/2020 EuroLeague as planned. It is unprecedented for a senior team to only play in the EuroLeague.
Initially, Olympiacos had planned on switching to the ABA League, but their request to join the championship was rejected.
Olympiacos suffered relegation from the Basket League as a result of forfeiting three matches in the 2018/2019 season. In February, Olympiacos left the Greek Cup semi-final against Panathinaikos at half-time, before refusing to turn up to a Basket League regular season game with the same opponents. The Piraeus-based organisation then withdrew from the playoffs after being paired with Panathinaikos in the first round.
The reason behind their forfeiting of games was their anger with the standard of refereeing. Olympiacos had requested for all matches against Panathinaikos to be refereed by foreigners, but the Hellenic Basketball Federation refused to comply. Olympiacos have lost several court battles against the legitimacy of their relegation and the final standings of the 2018/2019 Basket League season.
By Shaun Nicolaides
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