Eduards Andersons

Eduards Andersons (1 April 1914 – 29 November 1985) was a Latvian basketball player. Andersons won a gold medal at the 1935 EuroBasket competition, becoming the first European champion. He participated also at the 1936 Summer Olympics and at the 1937 EuroBasket.[1]

Eduards Andersons
Personal information
Born(1914-04-01)1 April 1914
Rīga, Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire
Died29 November 1985(1985-11-29) (aged 71)
Rīga, Latvian SSR
Career information
CollegeUniversity of Latvia
Playing career1930–1940s
Career history
Universitātes Sports

Andersons was born in Riga then part of Russian Empire. He graduated Riga State Gymnasium No.1 and started law studies at the University of Latvia in 1932. Andersons played basketball since 1930. Since 1933 he played for the university team Universitātes Sports and became a four time Latvian champion (1934-1937). He also participated in 1933 International University Games where the Latvian team won the silver medal and in University games in 1935 and 1937 where Latvia won gold.[2]

Overall Andersons played sixteen games for the Latvian national basketball team. In 1938 Andersons became chief of the sport department of the Presidium Convent. During Nazi occupation of Latvia during World War II Andersons briefly (1943-1944) became chairman of Latvia Basketball Association. Andersons was arrested in 1945 and sent to Gulag camp in Sibiria. He was released in 1956 and returned to Latvia. Rest of his life he worked in Administration of Trams and Trolleys in Riga. He died in 29 November 1985.


  1. ^ "Eduards Andersons Bio, Stats, and Results". Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Eduards Andersons « Latvijas olimpieši". Retrieved 29 November 2017.