FIBA has confirmed there are eight countries bidding to host the 2016 Olympic Qualifying Tournaments for men and women.

France and Spain are the candidates to host the 12-team Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament (WOQT) running from 13-19 June, which has five places on offer for Rio 2016.

On the men’s side, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Philippines, Serbia and Turkey are in the running to hold the three 6-team Olympic Qualifying Tournaments that will run over the course of six days during the week of 4-10 July.

The winning team at each of the three events will qualify for the Men’s Olympic Basketball Tournament.

Neither Germany or Turkey earned spots into the men’s additional qualifiers through EuroBasket 2015 so hosting the event is the lone route they could earn a ticket to Brazil with a successful German bid possibly opening the door to one further international stint for Dirk Nowitzki.

FIBA have confirmed the evaluation period has been extended and the decision regarding the four hosts will be taken by the governing body’s Executive Committee on 19 January 2016.

The draw for the Qualifying Tournaments will take place on 26 January 2016 at FIBA’s headquarters in Switzerland.

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