Zenit Basketball Club Reps to Play a Game at SPIEF Sport Week
Zenit basketball players will join teams made up of politicians and businesspeople in a Roscongress Cup gala match to be held on 16 June as part of SPIEF Sport Week. RC-Sport – the sports platform of the Roscongress Foundation – and Zenit Basketball Club earlier signed a cooperation agreement. The joint organization of this basketball game under the auspices of the 25th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will be the first step in the implementation of this agreement.
“Traditionally, the Forum is a platform for dialogue between sport and the business community, as well as for project presentation. This year, SPIEF Sport Week will offer events in 10 athletic disciplines, including the 6th basketball game,” said Alexey Valkov, Director of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, who took part in the signing ceremony.
The signing ceremony took place before the semi-finals of the VTB United League, with Zenit BC playing against Unics (Kazan). This season the St. Petersburg club ranked fourth in the EuroLeague by the time the Russian teams were expelled. However, it had every chance of reaching the EuroLeague Final Four for the first time in its history. Also, this spring Zenit Basketball Academy teams won all the key youth championships – the championship of the Children and Youth Basketball League and the VTB United Youth League.
“Zenit is not just a leading club both in Russia and Europe – it’s a modern athletic business. We have been developing new and existing partnerships. We are happy to partner up with the Roscongress Foundation and co-organize events of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum sports programme. We are confident that our involvement will both support the beautiful tradition of basketball gala matches and help take them to a whole new level,” shared Alexander Tserkovny, Zenit BC CEO.
Olympic champion Sergey Tarakanov, Olympic medallists Andrey Kirilenko and Ilona Korstin, European champions Sergey Bykov and Alexey Savrasenko, World and European Championship medallist Andrey Fetisov and other distinguished basketball players have taken part in gala matches at SPIEF in different years.
“Each of the previous 6 matches had its own history. Together with Zenit, we will make it even greater at the jubilee Forum. We have discussed possible ways to jointly develop communities. Zenit is building a business community around the club, while the Roscongress Foundation is developing sports clubs for successful people in Moscow on a year-round basis. They plan to extend this practice to St. Petersburg,” noted CEO of RC-Sport Sergey Moskvitin.
The 25th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will take place on 15–18 June 2022.
The Roscongress Cup gala match will take place with support from Skolkovo Basketball Club. SPIEF Sport Week is operated by RC-Sport, the sports platform of the Roscongress Foundation.
The full programme of the SPIEF Sport Week is available on the official Forum website: forumspb.com/programme/sporting-programme/.
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