FIBA announced that the FIBA 3x3 Universality Olympic Qualifying Tournament (UOQT) will take place in Budapest, Hungary.
The event will be organized by the Hungarian Basketball Federation (MKOSZ) and award the last ticket per gender to the 3x3 tournament of the Tokyo Olympics.
“We’re excited to host the first-ever FIBA 3x3 Universality Olympic Qualifying Tournament,” MKOSZ Secretary General Péter Bodnár said. “We have a long tradition of hosting premium events and have invested a lot in the development of 3x3, which offers a unique path for countries like us to get to the Olympics.”
Hungary played host to multiple FIBA 3x3 events since 2015, including the FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup, the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup and the FIBA 3x3 World Tour in Debrecen. This year, the FIBA 3x3 U23 Nations League Final was played at the first-ever World Urban Games in Budapest and was regarded as an astonishing success.
“The local organisers’ track record in staging major international events was a key factor in our decision to bring the UOQT to Budapest,” FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis said. “The Hungarian Basketball Federation, Iván Bodrogváry as well as the Major International Sport Events Team, headed by State Secretary Balázs Fürjes, have done a remarkable job of growing 3x3 and it’s no coincidence that Péter Bodnár was appointed by the FIBA Central Board as member of the FIBA 3x3 Commission a few months ago.”
“We’re looking forward to this event, which reflects one of 3x3’s mission to bring basketball to new countries, who do not necessarily have a rich basketball history.”
Only countries who have not been represented in the Olympic Basketball Tournaments (men or women) in the past 2 editions of the Olympic Games (London and Rio) were eligible. The highest-ranked countries who have not yet qualified to the Olympics will go to Hungary. All 6 teams in both genders (except Hungary’s men) will also compete at the OQT in India in March. In case one or several of them qualify to the Olympics during that first OQT, a wait list has been determined with the 3 potential replacements in both genders.
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