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Oceania sets record of National Federations eligible for 3x3 international competitions
GOLD COAST (Australia) - Eighteen Oceania Federations have fulfilled the requirements to compete in FIBA 3x3 international competitions registering 442 events cumulatively in the 2019-2020 season,
"It was an inspired effort from all the Federations to be able to fulfill the requirements and we are excited to witness the continuous growth of 3x3 in the region," shared FIBA in Oceania Development Manager, Annie La Fleur.
Four countries from the Oceania region are ranked in the top 100 FIBA 3x3 rankings led by Australia (21st), New Zealand (35th), Vanuatu (88th), and New Caledonia (100).
The requirements stipulate that National Federations should have at least 3 official events registered in the 3x3 platform (FIBA extended the period from 1 to 2 years to help the National Federations considering the current pandemic) and a valid 3x3 e-learning certification.
"It was indeed a challenge for everybody in trying to organized events and get e-learning certifications considering the restrictions dealt by the global pandemic but the resiliency of the Federations to continue running events helped them fulfill the required requirements for international competitions," shared La Fleur.
National Federations that made the cut include American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tonga, and, Timor Leste completes the 18-nation Oceania delegation.
The eligibility of 18 National Federation in the Oceania region surpassed the previous personal record of 16 countries set in 2018.