Italy throws cap at 2016

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Bidding news for the 2016 UEFA European Football Championships and 2013 FINA World Swmming Championships

Italy is planning a bid to host the 2016 UEFA European Football Championships, after a surprise loss to Poland and Ukraine for the 2012 tournament. Italian Football Federation president Giancarlo Abete said Italy would present an official declaration of interest this week, according to UEFA's rules. UEFA will then let prospective hosts know on 1 April if they can go forward with their bids, with the winner to be chosen on 27 May 2010. Whilst it was considered the pre–vote favorite, Italy attributed its loss to Poland and Ukraine to a desire by UEFA and new president Michel Platini to move the game into Eastern Europe. France is also likely to bid for Euro 2016, whilst Scotland and Wales have abandoned their plans for a joint bid due to the global economic downturn. Sweden and Norway are also said to be considering a joint bid. UEFA has announced plans to expand the tournament to 24 teams for 2016. Italy hosted the 1968 and 1980 Euros and has not hosted a major soccer tournament since the 1990 World Cup. Meanwhile, in other bidding news, three cities are in the running to host FINA's World Swimming Championships in 2013. The candidates are Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Hamburg, Germany; and Moscow. Four contenders had already dropped out: Belgrade, Serbia; Budapest and Balatonfured, Hungary; Hong Kong; and Madrid. FINA's executive bureau will pick the winner on 18 July during the next World Championships in Rome. The biennial event – with medals awarded in swimming, diving, open water swimming, synchronised swimming and water polo – will be held in Shanghai in 2011.

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