FIBA suspends all 3x3 competitions until August
FIBA, basketball’s international governing body, has announced the suspension of all of its 3x3 competitions until August as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Two Olympic qualifying tournaments have been moved to 2021, following the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games by 12 months. Exact dates for the rearranged tournaments have yet to be decided.
World Tour events in Prague, Lausanne, Los Angeles and Nanjing have been cancelled, along with the FIBA 3x3 U23 Nations League, qualifiers for the various Zone Cups and the FIVA 3x3 U17 Zone Cups.
FIBA is hopeful some events can be rescheduled for later in the year but will make a final decision at a later date.
In a statement, FIBA said: "FIBA remains committed to bringing 3x3 action back and continues to work actively in the planning and organisation of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour, Challengers, Women’s Series, Zone Cups and World Cups for both under-23 and under-18 in the remainder of 2020 as well as in January 2021 if needed."
In January, FIBA announced its 3x3 World Tour would expand from 12 to 14 events this year, extending the series from April to late-November.
The expansion of the tour was in preparation for 3x3 basketball’s debut at the 2020 Olympic Games this year, with it having featured at the Youth Olympic Games since the inaugural edition in Singapore in 2010.
FIBA announced an indefinite suspension on full-court basketball tournaments in March and is yet to give an update on when competitions will resume.
Last week, the International Olympic Committee approved new dates for FIBA’s full court Tokyo 2020 qualification tournaments.
They will now take place from 29 June to 4 July 2021 in Canada, Croatia, Lithuania and Serbia.