The latest news from basketball, rugby and football.
Basketball. The Turkish manager of the Romanian women's basketball side
Ayhan Avci has selected 14 players for the team's upcoming matches against Italy
and Denmark as part of their qualifying campaign for next year's European
Championship, Eurobasket 2021. The team will first go into training in
Bucharest between 4th and 8th November, before 12 of the
players will be travelling to the Latvian capital Riga on 9th
November where, on neutral ground, Romania will be playing Italy on 13th
November and Denmark two days later, on 15th November.
Rugby. Rugby Europe, the administrative body for rugby union in Europe,
has officially announced the cancellation of all matches scheduled to take
place in November. The decision took into account the evolution of the coronavirus
pandemic and the restrictions imposed by the countries whose sides are taking
part in competitions. The Romanian side will therefore not be playing any more
matches this autumn. In the last leg of the Rugby Europe Championship, Romana were
scheduled to play Belgium on 11th November, on the same day as Georgia
were supposed to play Russia, while Spain were to play Portugal on the 15th
November. Romania were also scheduled to play a friendly match against Russia
on 25th October in Moscow.
Football. Further Covid-19 cases have been reported for members of the
Romanian football side FCSB, as three new players tested positive, the
secretary general of the Professional Football League Justin Ştefan has told
Agerpres news agency. The players will isolate until they test negative for the
virus. Cristiano Bergodi, the manager of the current League One leaders
Universitatea Craiova, believes the fight for the championship title will be
influenced by the Covid cases. He also underlined that it is difficult in these
conditions to put together a team with two players under the age of 21, in
keeping with the regulations of the Romanian Football Federation.