On May 28, at 19:00, four professional basketball players will virtually compete for the first place of the Championship and money prize.

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A unique online tournament will be broadcasted on the VOKA video service. For the first time in the history of the Belarusian eSports and basketball, the domestic professional players will participate in such virtual Championship.

Four Belarusian basketball stars will compete live on VOKA for the title of champion in the NBA 2k20 game for Sony PlayStation 4; among them are bronze medalists of the 2nd European Games-2019 Maksim Liutych, Andrei Rahozenka and Natallia Dashkevich, as well as the center of the Men's National Team Aliaksandr Semianiuk. While offline competitions and team training are on pause, professional athletes will demonstrate their skills in online battles to find out who is the best in virtual reality.

"Cyber basketball. All Star Tournament" will be held on the initiative of the Belarusian basketball federation and the Belarusian esports federation. Pavaga Gaming will provide technical support in the organization of the tournament.

The domestic fans will have an opportunity for a long time to see their favorite athletes in action and dig into the atmosphere of the game while staying at home.

As part of the broadcast, there will be interviews with players and their coaches, where they will talk about the training process during the pandemic, as well as discuss the topic of classic and virtual basketball.

An exclusive tournament broadcast will take place on May 28 on VOKA at 19.00. Four contestants will compete for the title of the best in a specially equipped studio. The high-resolution led screen will turn the room into a virtual court and create the necessary immersion effect in the game for both participants and viewers.

Professional commentators will report on the events of the tournament.

A live-cam will allow to see not only the matches themselves, but also all live emotions of the players. Participants of the tournament will share their impressions in a series of flash interviews after each game.

"Cyber basketball. All Star Tournament" stream with professional Belarusian basketball players will be available on VOKA for free and without authorization for all users — both in Belarus and in other countries. You can watch it on voka.tv or in the VOKA app for mobile devices and Smart TV, as well as on belarus.basketball. After the end of a live broadcast, the recording will be available on VOKA in archive mode.

Four athletes will compete for a money prize established by the Belarusian basketball federation with the support of partners, and the winner of the tournament will receive the Championship Cup as a souvenir.

The BBF partner "Vimpex Crown" will also provide the participants of the tournament with certificates for a 50% discount on the entire collection of PEAK clothing and shoes.

- This tournament should become the beginning of the development of cyber basketball in our country, - General Secretary of the BBF Nastassia Marynina explained, - This is a new direction that FIBA is currently paying special attention to. For example, in Russia and Estonia real and very exciting championships are already taking place. With the support of the Belarusian esports federation and VOKA, the BBF plans to organize a series of such virtual competitions including both professional players and fans. There are already more than twenty athletes in our database, who not only practice on the court, but also play a console game in their free time. In a world where there are restrictions on public events, such competitions become a great opportunity to talk about basketball and draw attention to a healthy lifestyle.

- For me, participation in a professional cyber tournament will be the first experience of that kind, - the bronze medalist of the 2nd European Games Andrei Rahozenka says, - I will not hide that in my free time I don’t mind playing virtual basketball, thereby distracting both from the physical and psychological activity from a real sports. In addition, we often organize our own mini-tournaments with our teammates at training camps, where the fight for victory is always emotional and stressful. I am looking forward to the opportunity to try my hand in a new capacity and I am seriously preparing to compete for the main prize.

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