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  • Writer's pictureMāris Noviks

Be yourself no matter what they say: welcome, Tartu Ülikool!

Tartu Ülikool will continue to play in the European North Basketball league.

Estonian team played at the 2022 Final Four in Wloclawek and made it to the 2024 playoffs.

A team coached by Gundars Vētra won the home game against CSO Voluntari, 83-76.

A 69-92 loss on the road erased hopes to qualify for the Final Four.

Tartu also didn`t made it to the Pafbet Estonia and Latvia Final Four after a 1-2 setback against ten time Latvia champions Ventspils.

The club parted ways with coach Vētra before the Estonian playoffs and assigned task to Priit Vene.

Tartu defeated Viimsi in the quarterfinals, 3-0, and prevailed over Parnu in the semifinals, 3-1.

It was time for Estonian classic but Kalev/Cramo proved too strong, 0-3.

Rapla won the bronze after defeating Parnu, 3-1.

It`s time to regroup as the goals set for 2024 were not fulfilled.

The team is named after the University of Tartu – the most prestigious university in the Baltic States, founded in 1632 as Academia Gustaviana.

University spirit translates into Tartu sports as the city and surroundings offer several world class facilities for summer and winter sports.

Tartu Ülikooli Spordihoone – governed by Tartu Ülikooli Akadeemiline spordiklubi or TÜASK – was renovated in 2018 and is a true sports temple.

Tartu sports director is Janar Talts – a true legend of Estonian basketball.

Talts is a four time Estonia champion (2003, 2008, 2010, 2015), a four time Estonia Cup winner (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014), a German Bundesliga champion with RheinEnergie Köln (2006) and a two time German Super Cup winner (2005, 2007).

The power forward won his last three Estonian titles with Tartu.

A former point guard Robert Peterson is a general manager.

Talts and Peterson have been successful in their work with Tartu by making it into a hot basketball destination.

State-of-the-art gym, excellent organisation and loyal fan base – there are many things Tartu basketball can be proud of.

Tartu is the 2024 European Capital of Culture.


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