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PR N°71 - Eight countries bidding to host the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments

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Nigeria vs Venezuela, Day 1 of the 2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Caracas, Venezuela, 2 July, Preliminary Round

MIES, Switzerland (2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments for Men and Women) – FIBA has officially announced the candidates running to host the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments.

Eight countries have submitted their final bid to host one of the four 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments for Men and Women.

France and Spain are the candidates to host the 12-team Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (WOQT) running from 13-19 June, which has five places on offer for the Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

On the men’s side, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Philippines, Serbia and Turkey are in the running to hold the three 6-team Olympic Qualifying Tournaments that will run over the course of six days during the week of 4-10 July. The winning team at each of the three events will qualify for the Men's Olympic Basketball Tournament.

Given the high number of candidates bidding to host one of the four events and in order to properly assess each candidature, the evaluation period has been extended and the decision regarding the four hosts will be taken by FIBA’s Executive Committee on 19 January 2016.

The Draw for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments will take place on 26 January 2016 at the House of Basketball in Mies, Switzerland.

Details about the participants and the main evaluation criteria can be found here .


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