By Paul Osborne

The Official Draw for the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women took place at the Ciragan Palace in Istanbul ©2014 FIBAMarch 15 - The United States women are set to get their International Basketball Federation (FIBA) World Championship title defence under way against China after they were placed together in Group D at today's official draw at the Çırağan Palace in Istanbul.

The US, who are also Olympic champions, will be the strong favourites coming into the tournament in the Turkish city in September as they look to add another world title to their extensive list of accolades.

As well as China, the top basketball nation in the world will have to fend off challenges from Angola and Serbia as the four teams go head to head in Group D from September 27 to 30.

Hosts Turkey were drawn into Group B and will be up against London 2012 silver medallists France, Canada and Mozambique as they look to book a place in the final of their debut World Championship.

The draw results for the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women ©FIBAThe draw results for the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women ©FIBA

In arguably the toughest group of the draw, 2010 runners-up Czech Republic will have to see off opposition from Spain, who took bronze at the last World Championship, and Brazil, while Japan will also prove no easy task for the world number four team.

The final group - Group C - places the second ranked team in the world, Australia, against South Korea, Cuba and Belarus, where the Aussies will be hoping to add another gold to the one they claimed in 2006.

In attendance at the draw were distinguished guests, including FIBA President Yvan Mainini, FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann, FIBA secretary general emeritus Borislav Stanković, Coca-Cola chairman and chief executive Muhtar Kent and Turkish Basketball Federation President Turgay Demirel.

The 2014 World Championships is the 17th edition of FIBA's flagship event for women and will take place from September 27 to October 5.

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