CSKA Moscow tipped off its preparations for the 2020-21 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague with a first workout together - albeit without the team's head coach. Playcaller Dimitris Itoudis was not on hand in Moscow as he continues to recover from COVID-19 in Athens, Greece. The Greek coach did address his team though via video conference. CSKA remains the last EuroLeague champion after last season was halted before a winner could be crowned. The Russian powerhouse is scheduled to play in a pre-season tournament in St. Petersburg along with Zenit St Petersburg, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar and UNICS Kazan on September 11 and 12. The pre-season also includes the Alexander Gomelsky Cup, which CSKA will host and participate with Lokomotiv, Panathinaikos OPAP Athens and Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade from September 17-18. CKSA will open the EuroLeague season on October 1 at FC Barcelona.