In the world – among leaders
However, even the FIMBA World Ranking Table that is "slow moving" is the fourth – after the United States, Brazil and Russia, and in Europe – second (after Russia).
Elders of the Lithuanian basketball team in the World and European Championships and World Masters Games have won several dozen colored medals.
Harvest also in 2017 and 2018.
Last year, Lithuania from the World Masters game in New Zealand, Auckland, returned with gold (above the age of 45) and silver (over 40 years).
The sports trophy collection is complemented by not only European champions and Euroleague Saulius Stombergas, Mindaugas Žukauskas, but also Vaidas Jurgilas, Dainius Staugaitis, Singar Tribe, Vaidas Stiga.
In 2017, at the 14th FIMBA World Championship in Italy, Lithuanians (over 65 years), represented and known by Edmundas Narmontas, Eduardas Kairys, known and known by Vilnius Construction Workers, was defeated in the final for America 47:64.
Bronze won by women (more than 30) and men (more than 35). 367 teams (more than 5,800 players) from 50 countries took part in the World Championship.
In this year's European FIMBA Championship in Slovenia, basketball players from our country won two gold medals (men over 35 years and women over 45 years), silver (men over 45 years and more than 60) and bronze (men above 55 m). and women over 35) medals.
European Basketball Senior Association (ESBA), led by Romualdas Brazauskas, Director General of the Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL), in the Men's Championship in Croatia won the most successful appearance of Kaunas LT United (more than 50), Senior Vilnius Construction (60 years), in women's tournament – Vilniaus "Žvaigždžių" žaidėjai (50 years).
S.Jovaiša went into politics, and was invited to play basketball, said: his joints are crazier, leave me alone.
The silver medal was won by Kaunas basketball player "Patwankas" (more than 50) and "Perl" (more than 55), bronze – Vilnius "Senior construction" (more than 70 years) and Radviliškis "Šeduvos mill" basketball player (in time 45 m.)
Waiting for Mexico
"This year, in October, before we start the veteran basketball championship, we try to innovate – we organize tournaments" 3 vs. Three. "If I am not mistaken, this kind of competition for parents is held not only in Europe, but also in the world," said V.Masalskis. "We did it not by chance: FIMBA is scheduled to host the 3rd 3rd World Championship in Mexico in 2019, which should include several teams from our country. So our competition is a good warm-up."
In the tournament held in Kaunas, which was part of the "3rd 3rd" championship initiated by LKVL, 14 teams competed (60, 65 and 70 years). The average age of players has exceeded 67 years, the field has been tested by more than 50 players – former amateur and professional professionals.
The first place is occupied by Vilnius Perl (60 years), the first irisalgiris-Utah team from Kaunas (65 years) and the first team from Vilnius Construction Senior (more than 70 years).
Tomorrow Taurage will be the second tournament (men over 55 years and women over 40 years).
The application has flown
Lithuania returns to the FIMBA calendar again – in April 2019, the World League of Veterans Basketball will be held in Kaunas.
"This will be the sixth tournament of the same level – previously they took place in Buenos Aires and Parana (Argentina), in Lublin (Poland), in Zadar (Croatia), this year, in Matsue (Japan), with applications already flowing, we hope to receive a team not only from Europe, but also Asia, North and South America ", – said V.Masalskis.
Next year Lithuania 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 won five groups of women (men) five (ten) years.
"Finland wants to join basketball elders from three Baltic countries, so that competition will increase," said the LKVL director.
Pakruojis also gathered
This season, 36 teams from seven age groups will compete in the LKVL Championship, and will soon be revealed how many teams will take part in the women's championship.
"Our geography is widespread, although it can be more trivial. After several collectives, not only the big cities are put together – Kaunas, Vilnius, Klaipėda, Panevėžys, but even the smaller ones – Pakruojis, Mažeikiai," said V. "It should be noted that the main basketball players – For 70 years – four teams in the group will compete with players born in 1934, 1936, 1940."
The FIMBA regulation stipulates that players who are not less than 35 years old can participate in veteran competitions and players not less than 40 years old
"For example, in 1985, when it came to sports, it was about being able to do sports, or just being a spectator – personal choice, considering their health, work, and other conditions. For example, some basketball players who were previously known to take business, others just enjoy their breaks and don't even go to competition, "said V.Masalskis. In the past few years, I was the only one in the veteran competition, irisalgiris, who won the Soviet Union. Last year, Sergey Jovaiša, Mindaugas Arlauskas, was still at the European Veterans Championship in Kaunas, but later Sergey leaned on politics, and was invited to speak with the square saying: Hard joints are crazy, leave me alone … And Mindaugas seems to play more often and have taken part in tournaments "3 vs 3".
In addition, overseas travel is an additional challenge for personal budgets, unless the team is supported by customers, sponsors and often basketball players.
"In Kaunas solid support was provided by businessman Valdas Petkevičius, Kęstutis Švedas", – said the director of LKVL.
V.Masalskis, 64, joked that he only made legendary bread after becoming a veteran.
"Former midfielder Kalevo Ricid Abejanov often represents the Lithuanian team, this year with Senior Construction of Vilnius, he is the ESBA champion and the most fun player in his age group," said the former Zalgiris old player.