In the world – among leaders
However, even the FIMBA World Rankings table "is moving more slowly" is the fourth – after the US, Brazil and Russia, and in Europe – the second (after Russia).
Lithuanian basketball fighters at the World and European Championships and the World Masters Game have won several dozen colorful medals.
The harvest was also in 2017, and 2018.
Last year, New Zealand's World Masters in Auckland, Lithuania, returned with gold (over 45 years) and silver (over 40 years).
His collections of sports trophies were completed not only by European and Euroleague champions, Saulius Stombergas, Mindaugas Žukauskas, but also by Vaidas Jurgilas, Dainius Staugaitis, Singar Trib, Vaidas Stiga.
In 2017, at the 14th FIMBA World Championship in Italy, the Lithuanian men (over 65), represented and known by Edmundas Narmontas, Eduardas Kairys, who were and were known by construction workers in Vilnius, were defeated in the 47:64 final of the Americans.
Bronze was won by women (over 30) and men (over 35). The World Championship was attended by 367 teams (over 5,800 players) in 50 countries.
In the European Championship FIMBA this year in Slovenia, basketball players from our country won two gold (men over 35 and women over 45), silver (men over 45 and over 60) and bronze (men over 55 m and women over 35) medals.
The European Basketball Association (ESBA), led by Romualdas Brazauskas, general manager of the League of the Basketball League of Lithuania (LKL), won the most successful show of Kaunas LT United (over 50), Vilnius Construction Senior years) in the women's tournament – Vilniaus "Žvaigždžių" žaidėjai (50 years).
S.Jovaisha entered politics and was invited to play basketball, said: the joints are more insane, leave me alone.
The silver medals were won by Kaunas basketball players "Patwankas" (over 50) and "Perl" (over 55), bronze – Vilnius "Seniors Construction" (over 70 years) and Radviliškis. .
Waiting for Mexico
"This year, in October, before we started the veteran basketball championship, we tried to innovate – we organized a tournament" 3 vs. 3 ".If I do not mind, this kind of competition for the elderly was organized not only in Europe, but also in the world," said V.Masalskis. scheduled to host the third veteran of the World Championship in Mexico in 2019, which should include several teams in our country.
The tournament in Kaunas, which became part of the "3rd to 3rd" championship initiated by LKVL, was attended by 14 teams (60, 65 and 70). The average age of the players exceeded 67 years, the field was tested by more than 50 players – former amateur and professional professionals.
The first place was occupied by Vilnius Perl (60), the first team from Žalgiris-Utah in Kaunas (65) and Vilnius Construction Seniors (over 70).
Tomorrow Taurage will be the second tournament (men over 55 and women over 40).
Applications are already on the fly
Lithuania returned again in the FIMBA calendar – in April 2019, the World Basketball Championship will be held in Kaunas.
"This will be the sixth level tournament – previously held in Buenos Aires and Parana (Argentina), Lublin (Poland), Zadar (Croatia), this year at Matsue (Japan). , North and South America ", – said V. Masalskis.
Next year, the Lithuanians will also face the challenges of their closest neighbors – the traditional Baltic Cup tournament will take place in Latvia. This year, our women in Estonia have earned five (ten) age groups for women (men).
"The Finns want to join the basketball elders of the three Baltic countries, so competition will grow," the LKVL director said.
Pakruojis also met
This season, 36 teams from seven age categories will compete in the LKVL championship and will soon be revealed how many teams will participate in the women's championship.
"After a few collections, there were not only the big cities – Kaunas, Vilnius, Klaipėda, Panevėžys, but also the smaller ones – Pakruojis, Mažeikiai," said V.Masalskis. "It should be noted that the main basketball players – In the course of the 70 years – four teams in the group will compete with the players born in 1934, 1936, 1940."
FIMBA rules stipulate that players who are not less than 35 years old can participate in a veteran competition. and players who are not less than 40 years old
"For example, in 1985, when it comes to sports, it's about being able to sport or become just a spectator – a personal choice in terms of health, employment and other circumstances." In recent years, Serghei Jovaisha, Mindaugas Arlauskas was still in the European Veterans' Championship in Kaunas, but later Sergei bent on politics and was invited to talk with the square saying: "Very crazy, let me alone." And Mindaugas seems to play again often and has already taken part in the "3 vs 3" tournament.
In addition, traveling abroad is an additional challenge for your personal budget, unless the team is supported by patrons, sponsors, and basketball players.
"In Kaunas solid support is offered by entrepreneurs Valdas Petkevičius, Kęstutis Švedas", – said the director LKVL.
64, V.Masalskis jokes that he made a legendary bread only after he became a veteran.
Former Kalevo midfielder Ricid Abejanov was often the Lithuanian team this year with Vilnius Construction Senior, becoming the ESBA champion and the most enjoyable player in his age group, "said former Zalgiris.