3×3 basketball is going to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (FIBA)
3×3 basketball is getting some major recognition after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) officially added the discipline to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
According to FIBA, IOC’s Executive Board arrived at the decision Friday and 64 athletes (32 men and 32 women) will see action in Japan three years from now.
“This is a historic day for FIBA and 3×3,” FIBA Secretary General and IOC Member Patrick Baumann said. “It is the recognition of 10 years of hard work to codify the rules of 3×3 and to innovate with a unique 3×3 digital platform and player ranking system that bring together athletes with private and institutional organizers in a worldwide network of FIBA organized or sanctioned 3×3 events.”
3×3 has the Olympics in its DNA. In 2007, FIBA decided to propose to the IOC to add 3×3 to the 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore, which ended up being the first official 3×3 event, with resounding success there and at the 2014 edition in Nanjing, China. With today’s decision, 3×3 becomes the first-ever new YOG discipline to be included in the Olympic program.
With the incredible growth of social media and urban culture, 3×3 basketball has seen a boom in popularity over the past couple of years as events can be literally staged almost everywhere as long as there are hoops and basketballs.
“The IOC’s decision provides great encouragement for FIBA to continue promoting our urban discipline. This decision fits perfectly well with the concept of the urban cluster proposed for the 2020 Tokyo Games. Similarly important for us is that it also provides our membership with a new chance for medals at the Olympic Games and that the dream of a path from the streets to the Olympic Games has become reality for all the basketball community and the 3×3 players. We are very grateful to the IOC for today’s decision” Baumann added.
The competition format, qualification system and the location of the 3×3 venue in Tokyo will be announced at a later stage.
The 4th edition of the FIBA 3×3 World Cup – the biggest 3×3 national team competition – starts on June 17 in Nantes, France.
The Philippines will sent Kobe Paras, Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng, and JR Quinahan to that tournament.
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