MIES, Switzerland (FIBA 3x3) - The 2015 edition of the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships will take place in Hungary on 4-7 June, FIBA announced on Monday. The host city will be revealed in early 2015.
The Hungarian Basketball Federation - a pioneer in the development of 3x3 - will host the fourth edition of the tournament, after its Tunisian counterpart renounced the right to organise the event.
The FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships previously saw successful events hosted in Rimini, Italy (2011), Alcobendas, Spain (2012) and Jakarta, Indonesia (2013).
The FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships are held on an annual basis, except the year of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG). 3x3 was once again the only basketball discipline played at this past summer’s YOG in Nanjing, China (16-28 August).
The 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships will follow the same competition format as the Open World Championships with men's and women's competitions as well as individual contests. Twenty-four men's and 24 women's teams are set to compete in a four-day event in Hungary.
With the FIBA 3x3 World Championships taking place every two years (even years), the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships will be the most important 3x3 national team competition in 2015.
As well as these national team competitions, 2015 will see the fourth edition of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour and the third one of the FIBA 3x3 All Stars.
About FIBA and 3x3 basketball
Exciting, urban and innovative, 3x3 basketball is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide. 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 benefitted from the launch of a yearly city-based 3x3 World Tour (www.3x3worldtour.com) and national-team world championships.
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