There are 3 ways to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics:
- Via the FIBA 3x3 Federation Ranking (4 spots per gender)
- Via an Olympic Qualifying Tournament (3 spots per gender)
- Via a Universality Olympic Qualifying Tournament (1 spot per gender)
FIBA 3x3 FEDERATION RANKING
Cut-off date: November 1, 2019
Press Release: Historic day for FIBA as first 8 qualified teams announced for 3x3 basketball’s debut at Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Number of teams selected: 4 per gender were selected as follows:
- The 4 highest placed countries per gender in the FIBA 3x3 Federation Ranking
- If Japan does not rank in the Top 4 in any gender in the FIBA 3x3 Federation Ranking, their highest-ranked team will get a spot instead of the 4th best team in that category.
- Additionally, a maximum of 2 teams per gender can come from the same continent.
OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT (OQT)
Number of teams: 20 per gender were selected as follows:
- The Host NOC of the OQT, if not yet qualified in the corresponding gender for the Olympics directly based on the FIBA 3x3 Federation Ranking on November 1, 2019
- The 3 medalists (in each gender meaning China, Hungary and France in the women's category and USA, Latvia and Poland in the men's category) of the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2019 (if not yet qualified for the Olympics directly and based on the FIBA 3x3 Federation Ranking on November 1, 2019).
- The 16 (or more, if Host NOC of the OQT and/or some of the World Cup 2019 medalists already qualified for the Olympics) highest ranked NOCs in the FIBA 3x3 Federation Ranking List of November 1, 2019 not yet qualified to the Olympic Games through the Federation Ranking List (including in any case Japan if not yet qualified)
- The last 10 berths in each gender are allocated following the Federation Ranking List only if the respective NOC has not already a team in any gender qualified
- A maximum of 10 teams per gender from the same Continent shall take part.
UNIVERSALITY OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT (UOQT)
Number of teams: 6 per gender was selected as follows:
Six teams are eligible to participate in the UOQT as per the following criteria:
- The Host NOC of the UOQT, if not yet qualified in the corresponding gender through the Federation Ranking list or the OQT (see above)
- The 5 highest ranked NOCs in the 3x3 Federation Ranking List of November 1, 2019 not yet qualified to the Olympic Games through the Federation Ranking List or the OQT (including in any case Japan if not yet qualified)
- Only the NOC (other than Japan) who have not been represented in Basketball (irrespectively men or women) in the past 2 editions of the Olympic Games are eligible to participate in the UOQT. This reflects one of 3x3’s missions to bring basketball to countries, which are not traditional basketball powerhouses.
21 different countries (excluding Japan) have competed in basketball at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. They are:
- Czech Republic
- Great Britain