EuroBasket, basketball's European championships, is to be a shorter tournament from 2017 after the board of FIBA Europe, the governing body for the sport across the continent, decided to axe the second group phase.
Under the plans agreed at a meeting in the Spanish capital Madrid at the weekend, the qualifiers from the first group phase, which comprises 24 teams, will progress straight to the elimination rounds.
Until now, the top three teams in each of the four groups of six progressed to a second group stage, in which the top four teams in two groups of six qualified for the quarter-finals.
The new format will reduce the demands on European national team players and make EuroBasket a more compact tournament from 2017.
FIBA Europe said that the move reflected an effort "to make its flagship tournament even more attractive, taking into consideration recommendations by a group of stakeholders involved in the game."
France won this year's EuroBasket, held in Slovenia in September, and will be seeking to defend their crown at the next event, to take place in Ukraine, in 2015.
Meanwhile, the FIBA Europe board has extended the contract of the federation's secretary general Kamil Novak by two years until 2016.
Novak, who hails from the Czech Republic, has held the post since October 2012.
Olafur Rafnsson, the former president of FIBA Europe, who died last year, has been named an honorary member of the federation, posthumously.