Today I read a nice article on the Austrian News site OÖNachrichten about the capital of Lithuania and its preparations for the year 2009, where the city will celebrate it’s 1000th birthday. But in that year, Vilnius will also be the European Capital of Culture. What this has to do with basketball…
In the article, the author quotes the Lithuanian actor Marius Jampolskis, who seems to be one of the upcoming stars in the Baltic country, by saying:
I hope, that Lithuania will get known all over the world, and that the Culture Capital gets more important than Basketball.
The fact of considering basketball as a threat for such a huge event is somehow amazing. Living in the actual European Capital of Culture, Basketball is nowhere close to being a problem for the organizers. But as you know, in Lithuania basketball is way above anything else and this may explain this statement.
However, the program for this event is not yet fixed completely, but I won’t be surprised if the biggest success during the year would be an exhibition of National Team Jersey’s or the opening of a new Arvydas Sabonis museum.