YEKINDAR, who plays for Virtus.pro, spoke about the potential consequences of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict for him and the team. In an interview for sportacentrs during IEM Katowice 2022, the 22-year-old Latvian esportsman expressed his opinion on the war in Ukraine and discussed the changes in the CS:GO roster that may occur due to restrictions for teams from Russia on the professional stage.
If there are any restrictions or prohibitions that will not allow my teammates from Russia to come to the championships, there will be problems with visas or the rules of the tournament operators themselves, it is very likely that there will be changes in the team. Most likely, they really will. Now I can only wait and follow the development of events, the future is not clear.
At the same time, YEKINDAR himself would like to continue playing with his Virtus.pro teammates.
Everyone on this team is my friend.[Would I like to continue playing with him?]I think so. But now I really don't know if it will be possible. I have not yet understood the details of the sanctions and other changes, including in the financial issue. There are still uncertainties in this situation.
Recall that earlier the tournament operator BLAST banned organizations from Russia from participating in their championships. This decision affects several clubs at once, including Virtus.pro, Gambit, Team Spirit and forZe. At the same time, the restrictions do not apply to NAVI and Entropiq, since the organizations are based in Ukraine and the Czech Republic, respectively.
In addition, the Ukrainian esports organization NAVI broke off cooperation with the ESforce holding, which owns such assets as RuHub, Epic Esports Events, Cybersport.ru and Virtus.pro.