DOHA (FIBA 3x3 World Tour 2019) – The FIBA 3x3 World Tour is guaranteed to come back latest in April next year after FIBA and QBF signed a multi-year contract (as customary for World Tour events) to host a Masters in Doha, Qatar at the Katara Cultural Village on April 25-26, 2019.
Unlike in 2018, 3x3 fans won’t have to wait for 9 months for the number one event of the professional season to return.
The FIBA 3x3 World Tour will make its first-ever appearance in Qatar. However, the country has been involved in 3x3 from an early stage: their national team won the FIBA 3x3 World Cup back in 2014 and Doha played host to the FIBA 3x3 All Stars from 2013 to 2016.
The FIBA 3x3 World Tour 2019 will now stretch to at least 8 months since the Final will take place in Utsunomiya, Japan on November 2-3.
"We’re excited to build again on the legacy of 3x3 in Qatar," FIBA 3x3 Managing Director Alex Sanchez said.
"The FIBA 3x3 World Tour has been growing every year since 2012 and our goal for next year was to extend the season to engage with our fans all year long. The interest to host a professional event has skyrocketed since 3x3 joined the Olympic program and we will announce more exciting news and events in the upcoming weeks."
Exciting, urban and innovative, 3x3 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 3x3 World Tour (www.fiba.basketball/3x3worldtour) and national-team FIBA 3x3 World & Continental Cups. On June 9, 2017, 3x3 was added to the Olympic Program, starting from the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Nike is FIBA 3x3's Founding Partner and Tissot FIBA 3x3's Official Timekeeper.
FIBA 3x3 events are played on Sport Court's floors with Schelde backstops, protected by MagicSky's tents and benefit from Wilson's innovative and specially-made ball for 3x3.
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