Turkey among 6 bidders to host Olympic qualifiers

Six countries, including Turkey, are in the running to host the qualifying tournaments that will determine the last three spots in the 2016 Olympic basketball tournament to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, the Philippines and Serbia have also submitted bids to host the tournaments that will be held from July 4-10, 2016.
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA), basketballand’s world governing body, said on Thursday it will choose the three host sites on Jan. 19, 2016. There will be three six-team tournaments, with the winners earning places in the field in Rio de Janeiro.
Nine teams have already qualified for the 2016 games.
FIBA had given member associations until Sept. 28 to express interest in bidding to host one of the Olympic qualifying tournaments. Formal bids had to be submitted by Nov. 11.


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