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Shenzhen to host FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2018
SHENZHEN, China (FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2018) - The FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2018 will be held in Shenzhen, China on April 29 – May 1, 2018.
The Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) will stage the third edition of the most important 3x3 competition for national teams in Asia and Oceania, in collaboration with private promoter SunsSports, with support from the city of Shenzhen.
China continues to be a hotbed for 3x3 events after the country hosted the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2016 in Guangzhou and the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup 2017 in Chengdu, not to mention the final of the professional 3x3 season, the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final 2017 in Beijing.
"We are glad to bring the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup for the first time in China", CBA 3x3 Director Chai Wensheng said.
"After our successful cooperation with SunsSports at the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2016, we’re excited to host another marquee 3x3 event, this time in the city of Shenzhen."
CBA and FIBA signed a four-year contract, which guarantees that Shenzhen will play host to the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup until 2021.
Besides organizing some of the top FIBA 3x3 events, China have found success in Asian national team competitions. Their women’s team won gold at the 2016 Asian Beach Games and struck bronze in the last edition of the Asia Cup. Besides the men won the FIBA 3x3 U18 Asia Cup this year.
"It is our great pleasure to have the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2018 in China,” FIBA Asia Executive Director Hagop Khajirian said.
"This will represent another chance for the best teams in the region to prepare for the goal to play 3x3 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics."
The event will be held in the state-of-the-art Nanshan Cultural & Sports Center.
The main draw of the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2018 will be played with 12 women's and 12 men's teams. In case more than 12 teams register in a category (the deadline is January 20, 2018), a qualifying draw (if 13-16 teams register) or a full qualifier (more than 16 teams) will be organized.
Australia's women and Mongolia's men are the defending champions after their success in the second edition of the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on October 27-29, 2017.
ABOUT FIBA 3x3
Exciting, urban and innovative, 3x3 is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide and is considered the world’s number one urban team sport. Steered by FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a basketball half-court.
It was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and since then has benefited from the launch of a yearly city-based FIBA 3x3 World Tour (www.fiba.basketball/3x3worldtour) and national-team FIBA 3x3 World Cup.
On June 9 2017, 3x3 was addded to the Olympic Program, starting from the Tokyo 2020 Games.
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