Fiba Europe drops Ukraine as EuroBasket 2015 host

Fiba Europe, the governing body for basketball in Europe, has stripped the EuroBasket 2015 national team tournament from Ukraine, it was announced today.

At a board meeting in Munich, Germany, Fiba Europe elected to open a new bidding process for its showpiece competition. The governing body said: “The decision was taken after a careful consideration of the continuous political situation and security issues in Ukraine, which was deemed as less than favourable for the staging of such an important and demanding event.”

A new bidding process has been launched for all European federations, with Fiba Europe open to single or multi-country bids. All interested parties will have to present the required official documentation and guarantees by July 31 with a decision on the new EuroBasket 2015 host expected by September 30 at the latest.

Fiba Europe last month granted a request by the Ukrainian Basketball Federation to postpone a decision on whether EuroBasket 2015 could take place in the country. In March, the board authorised the Fiba Europe Secretariat to prepare a contingency plan for the 2015 tournament and shifted the 2014 U-18 European Championship men’s Division B competition from Donetsk to Bulgaria. At the time, Fiba Europe secretary general Kamil Novak said that the Secretariat had received letters of interest from 16 European associations that would be willing to host at least some of the tournament.

Fiba Europe today added that it would seek to determine whether Ukraine could host the 2017 EuroBasket. The federation said: “The board took note of the efforts made by the Ukrainian Federation and the country's giant strides in recent years, including a sixth place finish at EuroBasket 2013 and their participation in the 2014 Fiba Basketball World Cup.

“In that regard the board declared its willingness to help the Ukraine Federation in its efforts to promote basketball and decided to authorize the president of FIBA Europe Turgay Demirel and the secretary general Kamil Novak to start negotiations immediately with the Ukrainian side on the possibility of the country hosting EuroBasket 2017 and provided that some necessary conditions are met.”

Ukraine was due to host EuroBasket games in Kyiv, Donetsk, Lviv, Odessa, Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk.