|19 January 2005|
After 72 years, the European Championship is returning to Lithuania. Lithuania won the right to host the 2011 European Championship for Men at the meeting of the Board of FIBA Europe in November.
On Friday in Vilnius FIBA Europe President Mr. George Vassilakopoulos and President of the Lithuanian Basketball Federation (LBF) Mr. Vladas Garastas signed the agreement, which granted the rights to host Eurobasket 2011 to the Lithuanian federation.
The Prime Minister of Lithuania Mr.Algirdas Brazauskas also participated in the ceremony and guaranteed the government's financial support for Eurobasket 2011.
|Algirdas Brazauskas, George Vassilakopoulos and Nar Zanolin|
“It’s an historic day for our basketball – today we start a new page in our country’s basketball history. There a lot of things to be done but we have time, we have full support from FIBA Europe and our Government and I am sure that Eurobasket 2011 will be a huge celebration for basketball fans," said former legendary basketball coach and current President of the LBF, Vladas Garastas.
"I would like to add that this is very important day not only for Lithuania, but for European basketball. And I am very glad that Eurobasket 2011 will be coming to this country, which I would call the heart of European basketball," added FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos.
"Everybody knows how much the Lithuanians did for promoting and developing the game in the past and I have no doubt that Eurobasket 2011 will be one of the best ever."
The last time the Lithuania held the European Championship for Men was in 1939.
Mr. Vassilakopolous and Mr. Zanolin also held a press conference for local media, visited the recently completed “Siemens” arena and the Basketball Academy of Sarunas Marciulionis while visiting in Lithuania.