MIES, Switzerland (FIBA 3x3) – The 2015 and 2016 editions of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final will take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Abu Dhabi, FIBA announced on Tuesday.
The 2015 FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final will be staged outdoors at the Corniche, a high-traffic leisure area situated on the shores of the Arab Gulf on 15-16 October.
The event will be organised in cooperation with FIBA by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council together with EXTRA International Sport and Sport Arena, an international promoter who has been one of the pioneers in the development of 3x3.
The FIBA 3x3 World Tour is the pinnacle event of an 'open' network of FIBA-endorsed 3x3 tournaments, which sees teams of four players – regardless of their nationality – representing their city in various events, eventually making their way to the world stage.
It consists of six Masters events, before culminating with the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final, which was held in Miami in 2012, Istanbul in 2013 and Tokyo in 2014. The overall prize money is 200,000 US dollars on the season. Team Novi Sad (SRB) won the last edition.
The event extends beyond the game with non-stop music and the presence of top streets artists in a genuine urban culture festival, bringing basketball to the people in the heart of the cities against a backdrop of the most iconic cityscapes on the planet.
2015 will be an eventful year for 3x3 with the fourth edition of the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships in Hungary on 4-7 June, the inclusion of 3x3 in the European Games in Azerbaijan on 23-26 June and the third edition of the FIBA 3x3 All Stars in Qatar in December.
The full calendar of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour will be announced at a later stage.
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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