Updated: Friday, 01 August 2014 22:20 | By Agence France-Presse

Eight bid to host European basketball championship

Eight countries have offered to stage next year's European basketball championship, which was taken away from Ukraine due to the ongoing conflict there, the European federation said Friday.

Eight bid to host European basketball championship

A player holds the ball next to the logo of the London 2012 games during the men's Preliminary round group B match between Brazil and Australia at the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 29, 2012 - by Emmanuel Dunand

Germany, Croatia, Finland, Latvia, France, Israel, Poland and Turkey have all applied, European basketball sources said. A FIBA Europe meeting in September will make the choice.

The 2015 championship was taken away from Ukraine in June as the separatist battles in the east of the country mounted.

An evaluation commission is to visit the eight countries and could recommend either to award the event to one country or to split it between several nations, FIBA Europe said.

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