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Turkey to host 2010 basketball world championship
Updated: 2004-12-05 16:25

Turkey won its bid Sunday to host the 2010 basketball world championship, narrowly edging out France, the sport's governing body said Sunday.

Three finalists _ France, Turkey and a combined bid from former Yugoslav republics Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia-Montenegro and Slovenia _ presented their bids Sunday to 19 representatives of FIBA's 20-member Central Board in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In the first round of voting, France received eight votes, while Turkey had seven and the combined bid got four votes, said FIBA president Carl Men Ky Ching.

Turkey won the second round of voting, receiving 10 votes against nine for France.

Australia and New Zealand, Italy, Russia and Puerto Rico earlier withdrew their bids.

The last world championship was played in Indianapolis, with Yugoslavia winning the gold medal. The 2006 tournament will be played in Japan with 24 teams from five continents.

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