GENEVA, Switzerland (FIBA 3x3) – The 2013 edition of the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships will take place in Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta from 26th to 29th September, FIBA announced on Thursday.
The Indonesia Basketball Federation, one of Asia’s pioneers in developing 3x3, will host the third edition of the tournament. It was previously held in Rimini, Italy (2011) and in Alcobendas, Spain (2012).
The 2013 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships will follow the same competition format as past editions, with men’s and women’s tournaments as well as individual contests. At least 48 teams (24 men’s and 24 women’s) from more than 35 countries are expected to compete in Jakarta.
“We are extremely pleased to stage the 2013 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships in Indonesia, giving the country its first major FIBA event,” said FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Patrick Baumann.
“New markets like Mexico and South Africa were very keen to host this event, which proves that interest in 3x3 is truly global. It is a discipline that is opening new horizons for FIBA and basketball.
“This is another very important step on our path to have 3x3 included in the basketball programme at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.”
The teams that perform the best at the 2013 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships will directly qualify for the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2014.
The selection of teams for the tournament (as well as for the FIBA 3x3 World Championships for Men and Women and the Youth Olympic Games) is based on both sport’s and development’s criteria, allowing both the strongest on the field as well as the most active countries to participate in the event, which follows the aim of diversity – key for 3x3.
About FIBA and 3x3 basketball
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.
In 2013, the second season of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour will see men’s teams from around the world qualify for Masters tournaments in some of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities with the best teams qualifying for the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final.
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