European Universities Basketball Championship
Koper, Slovenia: June 20-27, 2015
The Tito Square in Koper was flooded with young basketball players from all over Europe for the Opening ceremony of the 13th European Universities Basketball Championship on June 21, 2015.
European Universities Basketball Championship returned to Koper after thirteen years. The main role of host and opening was held by the Rector of the University of Primorska prof. dr. Dragan Marusic, who welcomed the guests and participants.
The welcome speeches were held by Secretary General of the European University Sports Association (EUSA) Mr Matjaz Pecovnik, the President of the Slovenian University Sports Association (SUSA) Mr Milan Zvan and the Vice-Mayor of the Municipality of Koper (MOK) Mr Peter Bolcic.
Guests of honour at the opening ceremony included the President of the Slovenian Olympic Committee Mr Bogdan Gabrovec, Vice-President of the European Fair Play Movement Mr Miroslav Cerar, Basketball National Team Coach Mr Jure Zdovc, and many other distinguished guests.
More than 400 basketball players from 28 university teams from 14 countries will compete for the title of the champions in Basketball.
The group draw was held a day before at the General Technical Meeting. The matches were played at three different venues, and could all be viewed for free. EUSA Technical Delegate Mr Peter George, assisted by Mrs Pascale Weiwers were making sure that the event run smoothly.
The 13th European Universities Basketball Championship concluded on 27th June 2015 with an exciting Closing Ceremony at Arena OS Koper in the center of the City of Koper where also the University of Primorska is situated.
In men’s finals, the title of the champion went to Fatih University (TUR) who won a thrilling final match against the University of Nis (SRB).
In women finals, the title of the champion went to the University of Zagreb (CRO), winning the University of Warsaw (POL) in the finals.
Medals and awards were presented by Mr Alberto Gualtieri, Honorary President of the European University Sports Association (EUSA), Mr Milan Zvan, President of the Slovenian University Sports Association (SUSA), Matjaz Pecovnik, Secretary General of the European University Sports Association (EUSA), Mr Rok Strasek, Prorector of the University of Primorska.
The Most valuable player (MVP) award was given to Strahinja Stojacic from the University of Nis in men’s competition and to Sara Plavljanin from the University of Zagreb in women’s competition. The Best rebounder (BR) award was given to Şanli Sertac from Fatih University and Katarzyna Sobczynska from the University of Warsaw. The Best shooter (BS) award was given to Roman Mackowiak from the University of Strasbourg in male and to Alina-Mihaela Chivu from University "1 Decembrie 1918" ALBA IULIA in female competition.
Award was presented by Mr Marko Juretic, president of the Organising Committee, Mr Patrik Perosa, EUSA Sport Manager, Mr Peter George, EUSA Technical Delegate Basketball and Mrs Pascale Wievers, Assistant Technical Delegate Basketball.
EUSA Secretary General Mr Pecovnik awarded special recognitions to the representatives of the volunteers. The Fair Play award was given to women team from University of Aveiro because of good sport behaviour during the championship, presented by Mr Miroslav Cerar, Vice-President of the European Fair Play Movement.
The EUSA flag was passed from hands of Mr Marko Juretic, President of the OC of the 13th European Universities Basketball Championship to Matjaz Pecovnik, EUSA Secretary General and forward to the next organizer of the Championship, dr. Csaba Deak, chancellor of the University of Miskolc.
While basketball will be one of the key sports at the European Universities Games Zagreb-Rijeka 2016, the next Championship will take place in Miskolc, Hungary in 2017. All teams are warmly welcomed to join the next EUSA Basketball events!
More info can be found at basketball2015.eusa.eu.
FINAL STANDINGS MEN
1. Fatih University (TUR)
2. University of Nis (SRB)
3. University of Bologna (ITA)
4. University of Ljubljana (SLO)
5. Lomonosov Moscow State University (RUS)
6. Estonian University of Life Sciences (EST)
7. University of Primorska (SLO)
8. University of Bayreuth (GER)
9. University of Zagreb (CRO)
10. St. Petersburg State University of Technology and Design (RUS)
11. University of Rijeka (CRO)
12. University of West Hungary (HUN)
13. University of Strasbourg (FRA)
14. University of Maribor (SLO)
15. University of Aveiro (POR)
16. University of Craiova (ROM)
FINAL STANDINGS WOMEN
1. University of Zagreb (CRO)
2. University of Warsaw (POL)
3. University of Strasbourg (FRA)
4. University of Ljubljana (SLO)
5. Surgut State University (RUS)
6. University of Vienna (AUT)
7. University of Bochum (GER)
8. Istanbul Aydin University (TUR)
9. University of Physical Education (HUN)
10. University "1 Deciembre 1918" Alba Iulia (ROM)
11. University of Trieste (ITA)
12. University of Aveiro (POR)