On Friday, June 9, the INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC) announced that 3-On-3 BASKETBALL has officially been added to the program at the TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS!!!
The traditional 5-On-5 Olympic Basketball Tournament features 12 teams. The 3-On-3 tournament will feature eight teams.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED reports 3-on-3 is sanctioned by FIBA (International Basketball Federation), the global governing body of basketball, and made its international debut at the 2010 Youth Olympics. It is a half-court game, with a winner declared after 10 minutes or when one team reaches 21 points. Baskets made inside the arc are one point; shots outside the arc are two points. The ball is the same size as the typical women’s ball but the same weight as the usual men’s ball.
Also added the program Friday were several mixed in numerous sports, including a mixed 4x100m relay in swimming, a mixed 4x400m relay in track and a mixed triathalon relay. Freestyle BMX and skateboarding will also make their Olympic debuts.
The IOC described the inclusion of the new basketball discipline, sport climbing, skateboarding and freestyle BMX as “youth-focused and urban-based additions.”
FIBA OFFICIAL reports:
FIBA President HORACIO MURATORE said:
"The intensity and skill level of the 3x3 game is such that there are no traditional 3x3 powerhouses and new countries have emerged since the first YOG experience in 2010. This was our main objective back in 2007. The decision provides FIBA with a renewed, strong incentive to continue in this direction and grow the game of basketball by developing new young skilled basketball talents in both genders across the globe from small islands to large countries in every continent."
FIBA Secretary General/IOC Member PATRICK BAUMANN said:
"This is a historic day for FIBA and 3x3. It is the recognition of 10 years of hard work to codify the rules of 3x3 and to innovate with a unique 3x3 digital platform and player ranking system that bring together athletes with private and institutional organizers in a worldwide network of FIBA organized or sanctioned 3x3 events."