World Championship 2014: Denmark and France withdraw their candidatures

FIBAIn a surprising move both France and Denmark have withdrawn their bids to host the 2014 World Championship. All other nations will submit their bids officially in a ceremony on December 5th, 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland. Those nations are Spain, China and Italy.

ccording to FIBA the International Basketball Federation will provide free and live coverage of the gala on www.fiba.com so that basketball fans around the world can follow the candidature presentations. Live video streaming will be available by visiting the dedicated section on FIBA's website.

After the handing over of the candidature files on 5th December, FIBA will appoint an Evaluation Commission to examine all files and to formally visit the countries and review the commitments made.

The complete bidding process will end in 22nd-23rd May 2009, when the FIBA Central Board will decide the host of the 2014 World Championship for Men.