Hosts Turkey were handed a difficult task at the Eurobasket Women 2005 draw held on Friday in Istanbul.
Turkey, who will be making their Eurobasket Women debut, are grouped with 2003 champions and Olympic bronze medalists Russia. They will also face 2003 bronze medalists Spain, 1997 champions Lithuania and Serbia & Montenegro.
In Group B, 2003 runners-up and top seeds Czech Republic will be favourites along with France, who won the event in 2001.
Also drawn in Group B are Greece, will be looking to benefit from a great Olympic Games in which they finished in 7th place, Germany, who are back after a 5-year Eurobasket Women absence and Latvia.
The final team in Group B will be determined following the completion of the Additional Qualifying Round. 10 teams, led by favourites Poland, will compete and 3 will qualify for the Additional Qualifying Tournament.
The tournament will take place 28th – 30th August in Turkey and the winner will earn the final Eurobasket Women 2005 slot.
Eurobasket Women 2005 will be held 2nd -11th 2005 in Turkey.
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