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SBD Global/June 16, 2014/Events and Attractions

Ukraine Loses Right To Host EuroBasket 2015 Due To Instability Near Russian Border

Ukraine was "stripped of the right to host" next year's EuroBasket 2015 because of the "continuing instability in the country," according to the AP. Three of the "planned host cities for the 24-team tournament were located in volatile eastern Ukraine, where government troops are fighting pro-Russian separatists." However, FIBA Europe said that it will "start negotiations immediately" with Ukraine on hosting the championship in '17. A decision on next year's host will be made by Sept. 30, with "single or multicountry bids" to be "submitted by the end of July." Even before Ukraine "lost the hosting rights, France had positioned itself as a leading candidate to stage next year's championship" (AP, 6/13).
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