Many persons are unhappy with the group allocation for the finals of this year’s Champions Cup.
And we are not too happy either. We understand certainly the discussions that take place.
We have indeed not carved in stone any regulations for this, because there can always be circumstances that should lead to other solutions. At least, that has been the policy so far.
What are, in fact, the leading principles?
a) Not more than two teams from the same country in one group, if possible. (It is not possible if there are five teams of the same country in the finals but that has never happened as far as I know.)
b) Two teams of one country will be allocated to different groups.
c) If there are two teams from the same country in one group, they must play the first game against each other.
d) The two teams from the same Euroleague round are allocated to two different groups.
e) Although we are aware of the status of the carious teams, we always base ourselves on the objective criterion that all teams are equal at the beginning of an event.
This has led to the allocation by the Competition Commission that has been published early this week.
And we believe that we should not change it, since this would by definition also being met with protests and it would be very difficult to abide by those leading principles.
I understand that at the end probably only the Champion is happy, but that is what it is.
President, IWBF Europe