The German Basketball Federation (DBB) "has withdrawn its application for a wild card for the 2014 World Cup in Spain," according to the SID. The DBB said that the reasons for this "surprising decision" were the "financial conditions" imposed by FIBA. The governing body asked for a financial "donation" as part of the application process for one of the four World Cup wild cards. DBB President Ingo Weiss said, "The newly made public procedure is unacceptable for the DBB. We won't submit any offers. We withdraw from the process." However, FIBA does not see any problems in regards to its wild-card procedure. FIBA Treasurer Manfred Ströher said, "It's a normal business matter. There are available spots. You didn't qualify athletically, now you can buy your way in" (SID, 1/28).
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Women's Tennis Association Tournament Class Dir Peter-Michael Reichel said that there will be an additional women's tournament in Germany in the future. In addition to the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart and the Nürnberger Versicherungs Cup in Nuremberg, Reichel thinks there is potential for a third int'l tennis tournament in Germany. Reichel: "We are on the way up. The interest in women's tennis continues to grow. Therefore, we can picture holding another tournament here soon." As possible locations Reichel mentioned Berlin, among others. Reichel: "But we also have had talks with Dusseldorf during previous years." Reichel also believes a third WTA event could lead to a comeback on public broadcasters ARD and ZDF (SPONSORs).