FIBA announced today that the FIBA 3×3 Universality Olympic Qualifying Tournament (UOQT) will take place in Budapest, Hungary on April 24-26, 2020.
The event will be organized by the Hungarian Basketball Federation (MKOSZ) and award the last ticket per gender to the 3×3 tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“We’re excited to host the first-ever FIBA 3×3 Universality Olympic Qualifying Tournament,” MKOSZ Secretary General Péter Bodnár said. “We have a long tradition of hosting premium events and have invested a lot in the development of 3×3, which offers a unique path for countries like us to get to the Olympics.”
Hungary played host to multiple FIBA 3×3 events since 2015, including the FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup, the FIBA 3×3 U18 World Cup and the FIBA 3×3 World Tour in Debrecen. This year, the FIBA 3×3 U23 Nations League Final was played at the first-ever World Urban Games in Budapest and was regarded as an astonishing success.
“The local organisers’ track record in staging major international events was a key factor in our decision to bring the UOQT to Budapest,” FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis said. “The Hungarian Basketball Federation, Iván Bodrogváry as well as the Major International Sport Events Team, headed by State Secretary Balázs Fürjes, have done a remarkable job of growing 3×3 and it’s no coincidence that Péter Bodnár was appointed by the FIBA Central Board as member of the FIBA 3×3 Commission a few months ago.”
“We’re looking forward to this event, which reflects one of 3×3’s mission to bring basketball to new countries, who do not necessarily have a rich basketball history.”
Only countries who have not been represented in the Olympic Basketball Tournaments (men or women) in the past 2 editions of the Olympic Games (London and Rio) were eligible. The highest-ranked countries who have not yet qualified to the Olympics will go to Hungary. All 6 teams in both genders (except Hungary’s men) will also compete at the OQT in India in March. In case one or several of them qualify to the Olympics during that first OQT, a wait list has been determined with the 3 potential replacements in both genders.
For more information about 3×3 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, go tohttps://fiba3x3.com/olympics###
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 2020 Games.
Nike is the Founding Partner, Wilson the Global Sponsor 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.