Latvian women’s basketball suffered a loss in the eighth final of the European Championship in Riga on Monday, thus continuing the fight for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifying tournament.
The Latvian national team in the eighth final with the result 62:77 (14:23, 9:22, 17:14, 22:18) gave way to Sweden, which will meet with Serbia in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
Zībarts took the helm of the Latvian national team in September 2015. Under his leadership, Latvians won sixth place in the 2017 European Championship and won a ticket to last year’s World Cup, in which they lost in all three subgroup tournament games.
In the summer of 2017, the board of LBS offered Zībarts to extend the contract until 2019, but last year it was extended until the end of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games cycle.
Currently, the 45-year-old Zībarts started his coaching career already in 1996 in the basketball club “Kolibri”, from 1998 to 2008 he worked with girls born in 1990-1991. He has worked with Latvian youth teams and in 2010 won a bronze medal in the European U-20 Championship.
In professional club basketball, he has worked with both men’s and women’s teams, training for the “Barons” / LMT, “University of Latvia”, “Ventspils”, Vladivostok “Spartak-Primorje”, St. Petersburg “Spartak” and Kursk “Dinamo” teams.
In the 2016/2017 season, Zībarts, as the assistant to the head coach Luka Mondelo, helped Kursk’s “Dinamo” team to triumph in the FIBA Euroleague.
Last year, he became the head coach of the Latvian women’s basketball flagship “TTT Rīga”, last season the Rigans reached the FIBA Euroleague quarter-finals.
The Latvian women’s national team competed in the European final tournament for the ninth time, including the eighth time in a row (1999, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019). The biggest achievements were the fourth place in 2007, as well as the sixth position was won twice (2005, 2017).
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