GENEVA, Switzerland (FIBA 3x3 World Tour): FIBA on Tuesday officially announced the calendar for its 2013 FIBA 3x3 World Tour, with some of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities set to play host for the second season of the fast-paced discipline.
In 2013, the FIBA 3x3 World Tour will visit Prague, San Juan, Olympic capital Lausanne, 2016 Olympic host city Rio de Janeiro and 2020 Olympic candidates Tokyo and Istanbul.
The FIBA 3x3 World Tour sees teams representing cities from around the world qualify for five 12-team Masters events via a worldwide network of qualifying tournaments. Any tournament in the world can be part of the network and have its teams qualify directly or indirectly to the FIBA 3x3 World Tour. The only requisites are the use of the 3x3 Rules of the Game and the EventMaker, FIBA’s proprietary state-of the-art freeware to organise 3x3 events. Any team of four players is eligible to participate.
The 12 best teams from the Masters events qualify for the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final, which will be held in Istanbul, Turkey.
The full 2013 FIBA 3x3 World Tour calendar
· 20-21 July – Tokyo, Japan
· 10-11 August – San Juan, Puerto Rico
· 24-25 August – Prague, Czech Republic
· 30-31 August – Lausanne, Switzerland
· 14-15 September – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
· 5-6 October – Istanbul, Turkey – World Tour Final
The 3x3 Founding Partners, who support the development of this new discipline are Samsung and Nike; FIBA 3x3 events are played on SportCourt’s floors and with Schelde backstops.
FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member Patrick Baumann said: “The first edition of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour proved a resounding success and one of the highlights of the 2012 season.
“Those who attended the tournaments were overwhelmed by the speed of the basketball on offer, and we have had many enquiries from players and organisers about participating in this year’s 3x3 events.
“In 2013, we will continue to witness the growth of the discipline as we embrace new tournaments, countries and regions. Many people from our sport and beyond are calling for FIBA to continue its investment in 3x3 basketball and express their hopes that it becomes an Olympic discipline.”
The team from San Juan was crowned champion of the inaugural edition in 2012, winning the World Tour Final in Miami, USA, last September.
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