3-on-3 Basketball Coming to 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Ice Cube’s Big3 blueprint is clearly picking up some steam.
The IOC are looking to adopt the idea and to implement into the 2020 Olympic Games. It was reported that the Tokyo Olympics will introduce 3-on-3 basketball. The International Olympics Committee has been experimenting 3×3 formats in various youth tournaments since 2010.
The following is the official press release from FIBA:
3×3 is widely considered the number one urban team sport – perfect for social media engagement with youngsters – and is simple enough to be played anywhere by anybody.
FIBA President Horacio Muratore said: “The intensity and skill level of the 3×3 Game is such that there are no traditional 3×3 powerhouses and new countries have emerged since the first YOG experience in 2010. This was our main objective back in 2007. The decision provides FIBA with a renewed, strong incentive to continue in this direction and grow the game of basketball by developing new young skilled basketball talents in both genders across the globe from small islands to large countries in every continent.”
Events can be staged indoors like in shopping malls, outdoors on traditional basketball courts or in iconic locations with an efficient and compact temporary stage, always with the goal to bring basketball directly to the people within an urban festival atmosphere.
“The IOC’s decision provides great encouragement for FIBA to continue promoting our urban discipline. This decision fits perfectly well with the concept of the urban cluster proposed for the 2020 Tokyo Games. Similarly important for us is that it also provides our membership with a new chance for medals at the Olympic Games and that the dream of a path from the streets to the Olympic Games has become reality for all the basketball community and the 3×3 players. We are very grateful to the IOC for today’s decision” Baumann added.
The competition format, qualification system and the location of the 3×3 venue in Tokyo will be announced at a later stage.
While LeBron James said he will not participate in this form of basketball, stating he prefers the 5×5 game, this new format will definitely be an interesting one to keep an eye on as the 2020 Olympics near.