MIES (FIBA 3x3 U23 Nations League) - FIBA on Friday announced the launch of the FIBA 3x3 U23 Nations League, a brand new FIBA 3x3 national team competition for men and women under the age of 23, which is part of the development program known as the FIBA 3x3 Fast Track program.
The Fast Track program's goal is to help national federations develop specialized 3x3 players and identify future Olympic medalists.
The 6 founding members of the Fast Track program are Czech Republic, Hungary, Japan, Netherlands, Sri Lanka and Uganda.
All of them (except Japan, which doesn't participate in the U23 part of the program this year) will send a men's and a women's team to 5 one-day events in 2017.
The first stop will be held in Podebrady, Czech Republic on June 4.
The inaugural event will feature several familiar faces including reigning World Champion Sara Krumpholcova (Czech Republic women) and 2014 Youth Olympic Games silver medalist Charlotte Van Kleef (Netherlands women).
In total, 16 participants make their return to the 3x3 game after playing FIBA 3x3 Official competitions in youth categories.
The event will be livestreamed on FIBA 3x3's official YouTube channel.
Teams will earn tour standing points after each one of the 5 stops. There will be no final; the best ranked teams (men and women) in the tour standings at the end of the 5th event will be declared FIBA 3x3 U23 Nations League 2017 winners.