GENEVA, Switzerland (3x3 Basketball) – FIBA has officially announced the first ever FIBA 3x3 World Tour to be held in some of the world’s most iconic cities. The 2012 calendar of 3x3 basketball events also includes senior and U18 World Cups for men and women.
FIBA Secretary General and IOC Member Patrick Baumann shared his enthusiasm: “The first edition of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour and the first-ever FIBA 3x3 World Cup are two key landmarks in the development of the game, which we see as a future Olympic discipline. 2012 is going to be remembered as the year when 3x3 basketball was launched.”
The FIBA 3x3 World Tour will see men’s teams from around the world qualify for five Masters tournaments, each comprising of 16 teams and held in some of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities.
FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters
- Sao Paulo, Brazil: 14-15 July*
*date changed from original date of 7-8 July
- Vladivostok, Russia: 21-22 July
- New York, USA: 18-19 August
- Istanbul, Turkey: 1-2 September
- Madrid, Spain: 8-9 September
The 16 best teams from the Masters qualify for the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final, which will be held in Miami, USA, on 22-23 September.
Any team of four players is eligible to participate in the Masters tournaments by earning a place through a worldwide network of qualifying tournaments. For further information about the FIBA 3x3 World Tour, contact email@example.com.
The inaugural FIBA 3x3 World Cup, for Men and Women respectively, will take place in Athens, Greece, on 23-26 August.
The second FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup will take place in Seville, Spain, on 27-30 September. Boys and girls born after 1 January 1994 will be eligible to compete for their respective National Teams. The inaugural FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup was played in Rimini, Italy in 2011.
Exciting, urban and innovative, 3x3 basketball is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide. Endorsed by FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a standard half-court. It was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore.
For more information about 3x3 basketball, please visit fiba.com/3x3, twitter.com/3x3planet and youtube.com/3x3planet or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.