EuroBasket 2015 tournament, kicking-off on September 5, features 24 teams broken down into four first-round groups in four different countries - Croatia, France, Germany and Latvia.

The top four teams in each of the four groups in Zagreb, Montpellier, Berlin and Rīga will advance to Lille, France for the tournament's final 16, which will be played out in France from September 12 to 20. The EuroBasket schedule is demanding with teams playing their five first-round games within six days in round robin fashion.  

The EuroBasket tournament will also serve as a qualification tournament for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The top two teams will earn automatic qualification for the Olympics, while teams places 3rd through 7th will advance to an extra Olympic qualifying tournament next year. That means the four losing quarter-finalists will playoff to determine spots fifth to eighth.

Approximately 60,000 to 70,000 foreign guests are expected to arrive in Rīga for this year's European Men's Basketball Championships. The last and only time Latvia has organized the European Men's Basketball Championships was in 1937, when it finished in 6th place. 

The Latvian national men's basketball team opened this year's European Men's Basketball Championships against Belgium in Arēna Rīga. In their group stage games Latvia competes with Belgium, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Estonia. 

The final roster of the Latvian national men's b-ball team participating in this year's EuroBasket is as follows: Jānis Strēlnieks (Bamberg "Brose Baskets", Germany), Dairis Bertāns ("Dominion Bilbao Basket", Spains), Žanis Peiners, Kristaps Jančenoks (both - "Ventspils"), Jānis Timma (St Petersburg "Zenit", Russia), Mareks Mejeris ( "VEF Riga"), Kaspars Bērziņš ("Nizhny Novgorod", Russia), Jānis Blūms (''Panathinaikos'' Greece), Rolands Freimanis (Kazan ''Unics'' Russia), Mārtiņš Meiers ("VEF Rîga"), Kaspars Vecvagars (Kaunas "Zalgiris", Lithuania), Haralds Kārlis (Seton Hall, NCAA).

Photo: Ieva Čīka/LETA
05.09.2015, Events in Riga, Sports, Society