Spain and Turkey interested in hosting EuroBasket 2015

Two countries are seriously interested in hosting EuroBasket 2015 in case Ukraine withdraws its bid. Final decision to be made on June 13.

The total number of nations that would like to host only group stage is 15. Lithuania is among them, Mindaugas Spokas, Secretary General of Lithuanian Basketball Federation confirmed.

However, splitting the group stage in four different countries is unlikely to be acceptable to FIBA Europe, especially considering the fact that Olympic spots shall be awarded in this tournament.

He also revealed that due to the costs of hosting such tournament only two countries, namely Spain and Turkey, are prepared to take the task of hosting EuroBasket 2015.

Spain hosted Europe’s premier national team event rather recently – in 2007 and will host this year’s FIBA World Cup of Basketball. Turkey were the hosts in 2001. Turkey also hosted FIBA World Championship in 2010.