July 21, 2020
MIES (Switzerland) – The FIBA 3×3 World Tour will make its return in Debrecen, Hungary on August 29-30 and go on for an additional 2 brand new Masters in Bucharest, Romania on September 5-6 and September 11-12. More events are scheduled to happen and will be announced later this year depending on the COVID-19 situation.
Debrecen and Bucharest have hosted FIBA 3×3 official competitions for the last 5 and 6 years respectively. All the health and safety measures requested by local and national authorities and the Guidelines for the Return to Basketball developed by the FIBA Medical Advisory Group (MAG) will be implemented.
Teams usually go from the streets to the world stage at the FIBA 3×3 World Tour, by winning a qualifying tournament. Considering the situation and the lack of activity during the pandemic, teams will qualify for the first 3 Masters in principle based on the FIBA 3×3 Team Ranking. The usual road to the World Tour will be restored for the next events.
The highest-ranked 3×3 teams have been consulted and confirmed their desire to return to the court and FIBA will provide logistical support to the teams to make sure the World Tour comes back with the best in the world. Their playing uniforms will be designed and produced by Wilson that has been FIBA 3×3’s ball partner since 2015, with its revolutionary game ball tailor-made for 3×3.
FIBA has planned additional FIBA 3×3 World Tour events, including a final this year. Considering the COVID-19 situation, further updates to the FIBA 3×3 World Tour calendar will be provided at a later stage, closer to the events.
In the meantime, the Abu Dhabi, Chengdu, Mexico City and Utsunomiya Masters have been postponed to 2021. On May 20, the Prague, Lausanne, Los Angeles and Nanjing Masters had already been cancelled for 2020 and postponed to 2021.
The updated season calendar can be found on the Events section of the official FIBA 3×3 website.
FIBA will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation on a daily basis and communicate further updates in regard to FIBA Competitions regularly.
Exciting, urban and innovative, 3×3 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 3×3 World Tour and national-team FIBA 3×3 World & Continental Cups.
On 9 June 2017, 3×3 was added to the Olympic Program, starting from the Tokyo Games.
Wilson is the Global Ball and Apparel Partner and Tissot the Official Timekeeper of FIBA 3×3.
FIBA 3×3 events are played on Enlio floors with Wilson balls, Schelde backstops, and the Magic Sky canopy system.
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