3x3 basketball to make Commonwealth Games debut if Birmingham wins 2022 race
Three-on-three basketball, the popular short-format of the sport, will make its Commonwealth Games debut in 2022 if the bid from Birmingham, England is successful.
The Birmingham 2022 bid team announced yesterday its plans to stage 3x3 basketball and 3×3 wheelchair basketball in Victoria Square, as part of plans to create an Urban Street Festival in the city centre to engage the youth.
If Birmingham stages the 2022 games - it most see off internal competition from Liverpool before possibly battling against cities in Canada, Australia and Malaysia - it will be the first time basketball will be hosted at a Commonwealth Games outside Australia, the first time that 3×3 rather than traditional basketball will be played and the first time that wheelchair basketball has been included.
FIBA, basketball's governing body, was recently successful in getting 3x3 on the programme for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The wider Urban Street Festival would also showcase free running, skateboarding, BMX, street dance and sport climbing.
Ian Ward, chairmain of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Bid Company, said: “Birmingham is synonymous with its urban structure with its streets and buildings a patchwork of the region’s industrial and manufacturing heritage, filled with a diverse and dynamic community. It made sense to recognise this within our Bid through the inclusion of urban sport in the heart of our city.
“We are really excited about bringing 3×3 Basketball to the Games and enhancing our sports programme through the parallel Urban Street Festival. This will help leave a legacy of inspiring a new audience to engage with sport and activity.”
A decision on the English candidate for the 2022 Commonwealth Games is expected in September, with the Commonwealth Games Federation due to announce the host by the end of this year.