Author: Mindaugas Augustis, especially for Delfi from Berlin, Krepsinis.lt.
Ingo Weiss, who has ruled the German Basketball Federation (DBB) for 16 years, was not impressed by the bronze performances of the hosts of the European Championships, nor by seeing the full support of the team. In Cologne and Berlin, writes Krepšinis.ltThe European Championships, which ended on Sunday, will only give German basketball a boost as their main organizers will take care of it. Or, to be more precise, they took care in advance. Even coach Gordon Herbert and captain Dennis Schroder of the national team, who finished on stage after a 17-year hiatus, have repeatedly expressed the idea that their success will lead. As for the basketball boom in the largest country of the European Union, I. Weiss is not stupid. When asked if basketball should establish itself as the second most popular sport in Germany, the 63-year-old DBB president laughed at reporters. And so up to ten. Our games with hockey, volleyball and volleyball start only from 11th place, the Germans have no illusions. – It usually depends on the events that take place at a certain time, so now basketball is really on the rise. Everything went well, the German team also did well, showing the fight – the German audience liked that. Of course, domestic basketball stockpiles are now higher than a month ago. “But we will see how things go.” Weiss openly admitted that in 1993, when they held the last European Championships, Germany could not take advantage of them, even though they reached the final and Win their only trophy. Mistakes we learned from. We are now more prepared to take advantage of the championship. Even before the game, we did a lot to educate people about basketball. For example, we have organized workshops for coaches and event judges for local children. “Now we will pay the most attention to the women’s national team. We have to encourage girls to play basketball. We are also preparing a special program for that.” I. Weiss shared his thoughts. Interestingly, these championships did not become the most competitive event in history. Ticket sales were not as successful in other countries. In the cities of the early stages, especially in Tbilisi (Georgia). The championship is also hosted by Prague (Czech Republic) and Milan (Italy). Still no improvement. Then the championships were held in four countries and the playoffs were hosted by Lille (France). The main battle took place at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy. The most modern with 27,000 spectators. However, FIBA European President Turgay Demirel also called the championship a “great success”. The European Championship is the best basketball tournament in the world. He also ensured that the change of the international calendar helped bring the brightest stars of the continent to the championship, more importantly, the decision to organize the continental championships, not every two times, but every four. Once a year. FIBA Europe CEO Kamilis Novakas is convinced that qualifiers conducted in a “window” system also have a positive effect on the level of competition. ” During these “windows” and finally can even fight for medals without NBA players. That Spain, France and Germany shared their prizes at the European Championships on Sunday, respectively. For their part, Lithuania held the lowest position in history – 15th.