The head of the Federation spoke about the development of 3×3 basketball
President of the St. Petersburg Basketball Federation, Pavel Oderov, in a conversation with the correspondent of “Sports Day by Day”, assessed how the city’s basketball has been developing in recent years.
– Today you met with the president of the Russian Federation Andrei Kirilenko. Are there concrete decisions for the coming years for the development of basketball in St. Petersburg?
– We discussed plans for the coming year. Goals: development of children’s basketball, development of urban basketball infrastructure, training of personnel for the Russian national team. We have discussed specific activities, including competitions, but it is too early to talk about it.
– The most famous Russian basketball players of the 21st century, Mozgov and Kirilenko, grew up in St. Petersburg. However, basketball in the city seems to have slowed down in the last 10 years.
– It’s hard for me to talk about ten years, but basketball has been actively developing in our city for the last couple of years. The success of Zenit BC, the new champion of Russia and the winner of the ZGB United League, is therefore the main confirmation. We also have a very strong amateur basketball. I will also note the successes of 3×3 basketball.
– City basketball 3×3 will develop within the framework of basketball, or does it have a chance to become a completely independent industry?
– Of course, 3×3 will develop together with basketball. Petersburg is actually the home of Russian 3×3 basketball. We’ll do our best to keep this game growing as it should in its hometown. For a while, the success of the St. Petersburg 3×3 teams was ahead of the success of the main basketball teams. We now understand that they, in many ways, lack support. We really hope that we will be able to hold the Final of the Russian Cup 3×3 in St. Petersburg.