After the end of World War I Europe is still in an uncertain phase. In the 1920s basketball was just getting known in Europe. But to attract more public attention and to prepare for the 1936 Olympics, which would include basketball for the first time as a competitive sport, FIBA, the International Basketball Federation in Geneva arranged a “dress-rehearsal” competition – the first European Basketball Championship, called EuroBasket 1935. Meanwhile, in Latvia there was a core of dedicated and active basketball players. Coach Valdemars Baumanis was confident Latvia could assemble a competitive team to play in Geneva, but he had to overcome numerous hurdles, not the least being the Latvian Sports Committee who felt that any idea of Latvia playing in the games was pure fantasy.