Cairo to host FIBA 3x3 Africa Cup and U17 Africa Cup in 2022 and 2023
CAIRO (Egypt) - The fourth edition of the FIBA 3x3 Africa Cup and the second edition of the FIBA 3x3 U17 Africa Cup will be held in Cairo in December 2022.
The Egypt Basketball Federation (EBBFED) will organize the next two editions of the FIBA 3x3 Africa Cup and FIBA 3x3 U17 Africa Cup, which will become the first-ever FIBA 3x3 official competitions organized in Egypt.
“The Egypt Basketball Federation has an impressive track record of hosting quality FIBA competitions, such as the FIBA Intercontinental Cup earlier this year,” FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis said. “We are excited that this great partner has now also become a leader in the development of 3x3 on the African continent.”
Egypt stood out on the 3x3 court during the last edition of both the FIBA 3x3 Africa Cup and the FIBA 3x3 U17 Africa Cup (then played at U18 level), which took place in Kampala, Uganda on November 8-10, 2019. The country won gold with the men, women and U18 men’s national teams. Mali won the U18 women’s title.
Both Egyptian national teams will compete at the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2022 in Antwerp, Belgium on June 21-26.
“We are honored to bring the FIBA 3x3 Africa Cup to Egypt,” EBBFED President Dr. Magdy Abo Frekha said. “It's a new chance to confirm that we can host the biggest competitions.”
Every eligible national federation from Africa is allowed to register a men’s and/or a women’s national team at the FIBA 3x3 Africa Cup and U17 Africa Cup. As it is the case for every FIBA 3x3 national team official competition, the main draw of these events will feature the same number of men and women’s teams, who will play alternatively on the same court in front of the same fans.
The exact location will be announced at a later stage.
The winners of this year’s Africa Cup will qualify for the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2023, which is part of the road to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The U17 champions will make it to the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup 2023.
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 and national-team FIBA 3x3 World & Continental Cups.
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The Cups will be played on a Sport Court floor. FIBA 3x3 events are played with Wilson balls, Schelde backstops, Bodet shot-clocks and the Magic Sky canopy system.
On July 24, 2021, 3x3 made its Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games.