"Tasks to the championship for Latvia is very simple — to maintain residence in the top division. In the Republic a population of only 2 million people, and one in Samara region — 3 million. The choice of players not so big, and when for various reasons the championship of the world passed six people, you can talk only about the struggle for survival.

In Moscow, for various reasons not coming defenders George puac, krišjānis Redlich, Oscar Bartulis and Arthur Kulda and forwards Lauris Darzins and Martins karsums. The fight for the quarterfinals is possible only when the whole team Latvia is going in the strongest composition. Of course, everything can happen, but the important thing is to keep a place in the top division. The competition will be serious. Last year was hard, this would not be easier. Kazakhstan's national team drew the first link "Barys", the Belarusians, too, are on the path of naturalization. I am not a supporter of such steps, but each chooses his own way," said Artis Abols.