Bigger, more lucrative FIBA 3x3 World Tour returns for 7th edition
SASKATOON (FIBA 3x3 World Tour 2018) - The seventh edition of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour - the flagship event of the 3x3 professional circuit - starts on Saturday in Saskatoon, Canada with more events and more prize money and a culmination at the Bloomage Beijing Final on October 27-28.
The World Tour will grow from 8 to 10 events in 2018 and for the first-time ever, overall prize money will top 1 million USD on the season.
July 21-22 - Saskatoon, Canada
July 28-29 - Utsunomiya, Japan
August 4-5 - Prague, Czech Republic
August 24-25 - Lausanne, Switzerland
August 30-31 - Debrecen, Hungary
September 8-9 - Mexico City, Mexico
September 22-23 - Hyderabad, India
September 29-30 - Chengdu, China
October 6-7 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
October 27-28 - Bloomage Beijing Final, Beijing, China.
For the season opener, 12 teams will compete for two days right in the heart of Saskatoon to secure the first ticket to the Final.
The reigning champions Zemun (SRB) and in total 4 of the Top 5 teams in the FIBA 3x3 Team Ranking will battle it out in the "Paris of the Prairies" in front of the iconic Delta Bessborough hotel.
Pool action will take place on July 21, with the top two teams from each pool earning a direct ticket to the Quarter-Finals. The Knock-Out Rounds - culminating with the final - will be held on July 22. Only the winners of each Masters earn a direct slot to the World Tour Final. The rest will get their ticket based on the World Tour standings after the last Masters.
The full rosters can be found on the official event website.
ABOUT FIBA 3x3
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 9 June 2017, 3x3 was added to the Olympic Program, starting from the Tokyo 2020 Games.
For further information about 3x3, visit FIBA3x3.basketball, FIBA 3x3 accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Sina Weibo, Tencent, Twitter, Youku and YouTube or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.