The Estonian Basketball Association will organize a friendly tournament in July, where the national teams of Latvia and Lithuania will also take part. The tournament will symbolically be named Baltic Chain Tournament.
The three-time European champion Lithuania confirmed their participation on Friday, the tournament is still awaiting the decision of the Latvian association. The games will be played in Tallinn on July 24 - July 26.
President of the Estonian Basketball Association, Jaak Salumets, said that the priority is to give fans something to cheer about. "Stoppages in the sports world made the situation feel even longer and unfortunately it scrambled our planned programs. Regardless, we have decided to host the Baltic Way tournament, which will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Estonian basketball. We hope this will become a yearly tradition."
We are glad that we can play a few games with our neighbors in these trying times. This is something our head coach also wanted. We are honored to participate in the tournament celebrating the 100th anniversary of Estonian basketball," said Secretary General of the Basketball Federation of Lithuania, Mindaugas Spokas.
Lithuanian basketball is among the top of the world: Three-time European champions (1937, 1939, 2003), World champion (2010, three-time European silver medalists (1995, 2013, 2015), and three-time Olympic bronze medalists (1992, 1996, 2000).
The last time the teams met in Tallinn (1998), Estonia had to accept a 91:60 loss. In 2015, a close game ended with a 64:62 victory for Lithuania.
Editor: Kristjan Kallaste