India to host FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament
MIES (Switzerland) – FIBA announced today that the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament will be staged in India in March 2020.
The event, which will feature 40 teams (20 in each gender), will be under the auspices of the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) and will be organised by FIBA in collaboration with YKBK Enterprise private limited at a location to be announced at a later stage.
“It is a great honor to host such an important event in India and to see our players give it all on home soil for a berth to the first-ever 3x3 Olympic tournament” said BFI President Govindaraj Kempareddy, who received the President’s Award at the FIBA Congress on August 29, 2019.
Six tickets (3 per gender) to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – where 3x3 will make its debut – will be awarded at the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
“We are delighted to host the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in India”, FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis said. “Following the successful organisation of two consecutive FIBA Women’s Asia Cup in Bangalore by the BFI, we are looking forward to organizing now a key 3x3 event in a country where our new Olympic discipline already has a strong fanbase. Our positive experience with YKBK at the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Hyderabad Masters 2018 and the excellent collaboration between FIBA and the BFI played an important role in the selection of the host by the FIBA Central Board.”
In addition to the Host teams, the remaining of the 40 participating teams are qualified via the FIBA 3x3 Federation Ranking (taking into account universality criteria) and the results of the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2019 (the medalists).
For more information about 3x3 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, go to https://fiba3x3.com/olympics
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 and national-team FIBA 3x3 World & Continental Cups.
On 9 June 2017, 3x3 was added to the Olympic Program, starting from the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Nike is the Founding Partner, Wilson the Global Ball Partner and Tissot the Official Timekeeper of FIBA 3x3.
FIBA 3x3 events are played on Enlio floors with Wilson balls, Schelde backstops, and the Magic Sky canopy system.