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May 2021
5 Maddie Garrick (AUS)

Everything you need to know about 3x3 and the Olympics

TOKYO (Japan) - We are finally less than 100 days from the introduction of 3x3 into Olympic play.

This monumental moment, a decade in the making, will see 8 men’s and 8 women’s teams compete for the gold. But there are still qualifications to be completed.

There are 3 ways to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Via the FIBA 3x3 Federation Rankings (4 spots per gender)
Via an Olympic Qualifying Tournament (3 spots per gender)
Via a Universality Olympic Qualifying Tournament (1 spot per gender) 

Who has qualified so far 

The top 4 teams in the FIBA 3x3 Federation Ranking in the women’s category (Russia, China, Mongolia, and Romania) have all earned a trip to the Tokyo Olympics. 

The top 3 teams in the FIBA 3x3 Ranking in the men’s category (Serbia, Russia, and China) together with the Japanese hosts will join them in the Aomi Urban Sports Park in the waterfront Aomi district for the much-anticipated event.

*The FIBA 3x3 Federation Ranking was calculated by adding up the FIBA 3x3 Individual World Ranking points of the Top 100 nationals.

Upcoming Qualifiers 

A total of 20 teams per gender can still make it to Tokyo after qualifying for the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT), which will grant 3 tickets to the Olympics by gender.

The teams made it to the OQT due to being hosts, thanks to their medal at the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2019 or because they were the highest-ranked teams in the FIBA 3x3 Federation Ranking not yet qualified.

The last entrance (per gender) to the 3x3 event of the Olympics will be awarded at the Universality Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which will feature 6 teams. In addition to the hosts (including the Olympic Games hosts Japan’s women if not yet qualified via the OQT), the other teams were the highest-ranked teams not yet qualified to the Olympic Games, who have not been represented in Basketball (men or women) in the past 2 editions of the Olympic Games). 

This is another example of FIBA’s vision for 3x3 to bring basketball to new markets.