The Euroleague regrets having to announce that the Red Foxes cheerleader group of CSKA Moscow, who won the contest to perform at the Final Four, has not been able to travel to Barcelona due to visa problems. Despite all the efforts made by the Euroleague, the visa problems were unsolvable. The Euroleague wishes to express its disappointment that the top vote-getter among the cheerleader groups who entered the contest is not able to take part in the event. Because of logistical and time considerations, neither has it been possible to invite Klaypedos University (representing Zalgiris Kaunas) nor Dragon Ladies (representing Union Olimpija) - who placed second and third, respectively, in the contest - to take Red Foxes' place as Final Four Official Cheerleaders. These circumstances have forced the organization to make a decision and replace the Red Foxes with the Dragons Cheerleaders, who perform for a NFL Europe football team, to guarantee the presence of a cheerleading group at the Final Four.
If you think that getting a basketball team to qualify for the Final Four was difficult, check out the final fan vote in the Final Four Cheerleaders Contest. Three of the four finalists jockeyed for first place right the end of the Top 16 on Thursday, the deadline for fan voting by e-mail. After almost 6,000 votes were counted, the winner in a major comeback was.......the Red Foxes of CSKA Moscow!!!! The Red Foxes finished with 1,812 votes total, just 9 more than second-place Klaypedos University, representing Zalgiris Kaunas, with 1,803. Third-place went to the early favorite, Dragon Ladies of Union Olimpija, with 1,739 votes. And last was Alba Berlin Dance Team with 587 votes. As such, the Red Foxes will be the Final Four Official Cheerleaders, performing at all Final Four games as well as in parallel activities during the weekend. Congratulations to the Red Foxes and to all the fans who participated in the voting! Check out the Red Foxes video and get ready to see a lot more of them at the Final Four, May 9 to 11 in Barcelona!