The sixth edition of the FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup will take place in Antwerp, Belgium on June 26-28, 2020.
No Belgian city had ever hosted a FIBA 3×3 official competition before and Antwerp will start things off with the most important 3×3 national team competition in Europe.
The event will be hosted by the Belgian Basketball Federation and organized by Basketball Vlaanderen and Sportizon/Golazo and take place on ‘Groenplaats’, one of the most iconic squares in the historic district of Antwerp, next to the famous statue of painter Pieter Paul Rubens and with a view on the cathedral.
2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of the year Antwerp hosted the Olympics… and the year 3×3 makes its debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“FIBA is delighted to bring the FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup to Belgium,” FIBA 3×3 Managing Director Alex Sanchez said.
“The historic district of Antwerp promises to be one of the most spectacular urban backdrops in 3×3 history. We’re excited to be in such a young and dynamic city and country, just one month before our first-ever Olympic appearance.”
“Our Groenplaats already has quite a history as a 3×3 setting, because it has been the decor for an annual 3×3 tournament since 2012. With such a major event we profile ourselves as the Urban capital of the Benelux,” added Ludo Van Campenhout, Antwerp’s Deputy of Sports.
Belgium has been extremely successful in 3×3 in youth categories. The men completed an U18 Europe Cup – U18 World Cup double in 2017 and the women won the U18 Europe Cup in 2018.
Marc Verlinden, president of Basketball Flanders, sees the Europe Cup in Antwerp as a golden opportunity for basketball in Belgium.
“The last years, 3×3 basketball has made huge steps forward and we will keep on investing in its development towards a valued basketball discipline,” Verlinden claimed.
“We definitely aspire a medal during the FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup 2020. And in addition to that we hope to see 3×3 growing further, because a large 3×3 community is essential for the development of this unique discipline.”
Event co-organizer Sportizon/Golazo considers the Europe Cup in Antwerp as the highlight of a long 3×3 tradition.
“Being handed the organization of the 3×3 Europe Cup is a recognition for our belief in 3×3 basketball as a sport and for the investments all those years to build a fine competition”, Sportizon’s Bruno Keustermans explained.
“Sportizon has been organizing 3×3 events all over Belgium since 2007.”
Twelve men’s teams and 12 women’s teams will compete in Antwerp. The FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup 2020 Qualifiers will be announced at a later stage.
France’s women and Serbia’s men are the reigning European champions after their masterpiece performance in Bucharest, Romania on September 14-16, 2018.
The 2019 edition of the FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup will be held in Debrecen, Hungary on August 30 – September 1, 2019.