FIBA 3x3 World Tour 2022 season calendar released, with record number of events and Opener in Utsunomiya
UTSUNOMIYA (Japan) – Following the news that Abu Dhabi will host the Final, FIBA announced that the FIBA 3x3 World Tour 2022 will include an all-time best 13 events, starting with a first-ever Opener, which will take place in Utsunomiya, Japan on May 14-15.
Utsunomiya has hosted the World Tour four times already, including the Final and a pre-Olympic gala in 2019. The first-ever Opener will bring together the top 10 teams in the FIBA 3x3 Team Ranking and the best teams in Japan. It will be staged at the iconic Futaarayama Shrine, which became a blueprint for the 3x3 tournament at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The event will include several activities and announcements, including the launch of a new FIBA3x3 official watch and the disclosure of record prize money.
The season currently includes 13 events, topping the 12 events from the 2019 edition.
- Utsunomiya Opener (May 14-15)
- Manila Masters (May 28-29)
- France (July 15-16)
- Prague (July 30-31)
- Lausanne (August 19-20)
- Debrecen (August 27-28)
- Montreal (September 3-4)
- Cebu (October 1-2)
- Chengdu (dates tbc)*
- Jeddah* (dates tbc)
- Hong Kong (dates tbc)
- Macau (dates tbc)*
- Abu Dhabi Final (December 9-10)
A first list of international qualifiers (challengers) will be released in March.
* The Chengdu and Macau Masters were later cancelled, the Jeddah Masters was relocated to Riyadh while the Utrecht Masters was added to the calendar.
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 professional circuit for men and women (World Tour and Women’s Series respectively) and national-team competitions.
3x3 made its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Wilson is the Global Ball Partner and the FIBA 3x3 World Tour 2022 Apparel Partner.
FIBA 3x3 events are played on Enlio floors with Wilson balls, Schelde backstops, Bodet shot-clocks and the Magic Sky canopy system.
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