June, 06, 2017
The International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Executive Board announced its decision to include 3×3 as part of the Olympic Basketball program starting with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 64 athletes (32 men and 32 women) will be included in competitions.
So, one of the most popular basketball discipline became part of Olympic family. The popularity of 3×3 is due to the fact that the game can be played anywhere and by anyone.
FIBA Secretary General and IOC Member Patrick Baumann said that this is a historic day for FIBA and 3×3 and recognition of 10 years of hard work to codify the rules of 3×3 and to build a worldwide network of FIBA organized events.
Events can be staged indoors like in shopping malls, outdoors on traditional basketball court or in emblematic location on temporary stage.
The competition format in Tokyo and qualification system will be announced at a later stage.
Meanwhile, the 4th edition of the FIBA 3×3 World Cup starts on June 17 in Nantes, France.