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Philippines to host FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2018
MANILA, Philippines (3x3) - The FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2018 will be held in Manila, Philippines.
The Philippines Basketball Federation (SPB) will organise the fifth edition of the most prestigious 3x3 national team competition.
The country has been a pioneer in the development of 3x3, hosting two stages of the professional season - the FIBA 3x3 World Tour - in 2014 and 2015 and bringing stars like Terrence Romeo and Calvin Abueva to the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final.
"We are very proud and honoured to be hosting the FIBA 3x3 World Cup next year," SPB Executive Director Sonny Barrios said. "Our two previous experiences hosting FIBA 3x3 events have been a success and 3x3 has become a centrepiece of our development programme."
All games at the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2018 will be played on the same court with 20 men's and 20 women's teams competing in a team event and in three individual contests (men's dunk contest including professional dunkers, women's skills contest and mixed shoot-out contest).
"We are delighted to bring the FIBA 3x3 World Cup to the Philippines," FIBA 3x3 Managing Director Alex Sanchez said. "We are positive SPB and the passionate Filipino fans will make it an unbelievable experience for the best 3x3 players in the world and everyone watching on all platforms."
The selection of teams for the tournament is based on the FIBA 3x3 Federation Ranking at the cut-off date of 1 November 2017. The Ranking includes sport and development criteria, allowing both the strongest teams on the field as well as the most active countries to participate in the event, which fulfills a key aim of 3x3 - diversity. At least 30 different countries and territories will be represented at the event.
Serbia's men and Czech Republic's women are the reigning FIBA 3x3 World Champions following their success at the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2016 in Guangzhou, China.
The 2017 edition of the FIBA 3x3 World Cup will be staged in Nantes, France on 17-21 June.
More information regarding the exact location and dates will be communicated at a later stage.
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.
Nike is FIBA 3x3's Founding Partner.
FIBA 3x3 events are played on Sport Court's floors with Schelde backstops and benefit from Wilson's innovative and specially-made ball for 3x3.