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Ukraine Loses 2015 Euro Basketball Championship

Europe's basketball federation says next year's basketball championship will not take place in Ukraine because of the continued instability in the country.

The European basketball governing body, FIBA Europe, announced its decision to relocate EuroBasket 2015 from Ukraine in a statement on June 13.

It did not say which country or countries would now host the biennial tournament.

However, FIBA Europe said it will "start negotiations immediately" with Ukraine on the possibility of the country hosting the 2017 championship.

Following Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in March, tournament director Markiyan Lubkivsky said that hosting the event was no longer possible, but Ukrainian and European basketball authorities kept delaying a final decision, hoping the political situation would stabilize.

Based on reporting by DPA, ITAR-TASS and AFP

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