Year 2000 was
special with the fact that exactly when the Olympic Games took place in Sydney,
a new sports event was found – Eastern European Girls Basketball League
(EEGBL), it was established in September 19. The beginning of the season 2014/2015, the league title has
been changed to a new - European Girls Basketball
In the first year
the best teams from 6 countries took place in EGBL, the best girls teams from
Poland (Sokolov Podlaski UKS Olimp, Koszalin UKS 16), Byelorussia (Minsk
Horizont), Lithuania (Kaunas and Vilnius basketball schools and basketball club
Laisve), Estonia (Tartu Taba - 89), Russia (Moscow Spartak) and sports school
Ridzene and Basketball club Kolibri from Riga - Latvia participated in the
first season EEGBL.
EEGBL have its own
president of honor – Uljana Semjonova, she was the leading women's
basketball player in the world in the 1970s and 1980s. For almost all of her
playing career, she played for TTT Riga, which was part of Daugava Voluntary
Sports Society. With TTT, she won 15 championships in the Soviet Union and the
European Champions Cup 15 times. Semjonova was also very dominant in
international play, winning two Olympic Gold medals while playing for the USSR
in 1976 and 1980 and never lost a game in official international competition.
She was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labour in 1976, in 1993 became
the first non-US woman enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame. She
was an inaugural member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in the class of
1999. In 2007, she was enshrined in the FIBA Hall of
In opening of EEGBL participated:
The honor president EEGBL Uljana Semjonova (Latvia),
The president of EEGBL Igo Zanders (Latvia),
The vice-president EEGBL Darius Tvardauskas (Lithuania),
The vice-president of Lithuanian basketball federation Algis Pushinaitis
The president of Latvian women basketball league Ingrida Udre (Latvia),
The president of North European youth basketball league Guntis Shenhofs
This year, it is already the 18 season, there are
participating the best girls teams from 17 countries, Finland, Sweden, Denmark,
Estonia, Slovakia , Netherlands, Belarus, Poland, Ukraine, Russia ,Italy ,Belgium ,Luxemburg , Serbia , Czech Republic and Latvia.
2017/2018 EGBL will start participating girls born in 2006 and the league
will be open for new participating countrie – NORWAY.
These 17 years have been an amazing experience for me, as a president of EGBL,
also for coaches and girls what we have seen growing professionally – from kids
to professional basketball players.
Only together we can make this happen also
in future, so I would like to thank everyone who has helped to make these 18
basketball seasons in a high and professional basketball level, also thank you
to everybody who believes this leagues strength to make our European
little basketball world better.
Igo Zanders - President of EGBL