FIBA officially unveiled the names of the 4 teams per gender who qualified directly to the 2020 Olympics and the 20 teams per gender who earned a ticket to the FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifier during a livestreamed show in Utsunomiya, Japan on the eve of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final on November 1, 2019.
The top 4 teams in the FIBA 3×3 Federation Ranking in the women’s category (Russia, China, Mongolia and Romania) earned a trip to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where 3×3 will make its first appearance on July 25-29.
The top 3 teams in the FIBA 3×3 Ranking in the men’s category (Serbia, Russia and China) together with the Japanese hosts will join them in the Aomi Urban Sports Park in the waterfront Aomi district for the much-anticipated event.
The FIBA 3×3 Federation Ranking is calculated by adding up the FIBA 3×3 Individual World Ranking points of the Top 100 nationals. It not only rewards the elite performances of the players but also the 3×3 activity in the territory of each National Federation.
A total of 20 teams per gender can still make it to Tokyo after qualifying for the FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT), which will grant 3 tickets to the Olympics by gender and take place in India on March, 2020.The teams made it to the OQT due to being hosts (India and Japan’s women), thanks to their medal at the FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2019 or because they were the highest-ranked teams in the FIBA 3×3 Federation Ranking not yet qualified.
One of 3×3’s missions is to bring basketball to new countries, which are not traditional basketball powerhouses and FIBA has put in place a series of universality rules. A maximum of 10 teams per continent and a minimum of 30 different countries must take part at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. In other words, only the top 6 teams qualified for the OQT based on ranking could have a team both in men and women (like France, the Netherlands and USA). The last 10 berths in each gender were allocated following the Federation Ranking list only if the respective country didn’t already have a team in any gender qualified.
The last ticket (per gender) to the 3×3 event of the Olympics will be awarded at the Universality Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which will feature these 6 teams and take place in Budapest, Hungary in April 2020. Besides the hosts (including the Olympic Games hosts Japan’s women if not yet qualified via the OQT), the other teams were the highest ranked teams not yet qualified to the Olympic Games, who have not been represented in Basketball (men or women) in the past 2 editions of the Olympic Games). This is another example of FIBA’s vision for 3×3 to bring 3×3 to new markets.The show was attended by FIBA President Hamane Niang and FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis and featured several renowned Japanese performers. The 3×3 action continues in Utsunomiya with the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final, which brings together the top 12 professional 3×3 teams and takes place on November 2-3, 2019