Germany star Sabally believes 3x3 is perfect vehicle for social justice
7 May 2021
ISTANBUL (Turkey) - When she proudly represents Germany in 3x3, basketball young sensation Satou Sabally knows her fierce commitment to social justice and humanitarian causes will have a much deserved platform.
The Fenerbahce Oznur Kablo star in the Euroleague Women and Dallas Wings in the WNBA is far more than a hoops unicorn – the 23-year-old has become a vocal leader in the fight against racial injustice globally.
As a biracial – her father is from Gambia and mother is German – youngster in Germany, Sabally often felt like an outsider and those uncomfortable experiences fueled her to be much more than an athlete.
3x3 takes great pride in gender equality in another major selling point for Sabally, who says 3x3 will be an "essential part of my life".
"With men's and women's events being held together, people are basically forced to watch the women's game and I love that," she said. "They get to see how swag, fast paced and athletic the women's game is.
"It changes a lot of minds and perceptions which I'm really happy about."
To ensure she's primed for Graz, Sabally has been undertaking individual workouts with a particular emphasis on ball-handling.
"I'll be having the ball a lot in my hands and I love that you can really hoop and offense comes around so quickly in 3x3," she said.
"I'm a really aggressive player and free-spirited, which is what 3x3 is all about so it's a really good fit.
"The hardest challenge last time was being able to react really quickly but I got used to that in one day."
Mature beyond her years, Sabally will be entrusted to be the leader of Germany who are looking to shock the world in Austria and emerge with one of only three tickets available to the Tokyo Olympics.
“I bring positivity and aggressiveness. I want to lead by example,” she said. "I'm going to engage in a lot of talking and motivation. But you always have to listen to others on the team and be inclusive."
Making it even more special, Sabally will be teaming up with her younger sister Nyara who is a current member of the University of Oregon Ducks.
"I'm really excited, we have a great bond on the court," she said of her 21-year sibling.
"We need to be the aggressors in Austria. If we play with heart and grit then we have a great chance."
With her Olympic dream beckoning, Sabally is excited about representing her country and continuing to fulfil a lifelong commitment.
"I've been playing for the national team since I was 13-14 and love wearing the Germany singlet," she said. "There is no bigger platform than the Olympics for an athlete so it would be amazing to get there for my career and things that I believe in.