LAUSANNE (3x3) – During the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Lausanne Masters this past weekend, FIBA officially announced the first-ever FIBA 3x3 All-Stars to be held in Doha, Qatar on 12 December, providing an additional exclamation mark to end the 3x3 season in style in 2013. The agreement between FIBA and the Qatar Basketball Federation (QBF) is for three years.
FIBA Secretary General and IOC Member Patrick Baumann shared his enthusiasm: "The first-ever FIBA 3x3 All-Stars is a further step in the development of 3x3 and the most astute use of our unique 3x3 Individual World Ranking. It is the ultimate proof that the discipline keeps expanding."
QBF President and Qatar Olympic Committee Secretary General H.E. Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said: "The first-ever FIBA 3x3 All-Stars will bring to Qatar all the best 3x3 players in the world. In a long term partnership with FIBA, QBF is proud to contribute to 3x3 international recognition and development."
The FIBA 3x3 All-Stars will see six teams from around the world meet for one day. It will consist of the winner of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final in Istanbul on 4-5 October 2013, the highest ranked player in Americas, in Europe, in the rest of the world and in the host country, all four of them playing with their respective usual team. The field will be completed with a legends team.
The 3x3 Individual World Ranking is a revolutionary tool where team-sport players are ranked individually. It currently lists more than 42,000 3x3 players based on the amount of points they have won at FIBA-endorsed events.
The prize money and appearance fee will reach a grand total of 120,000 USD.
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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 standard half-court.
It was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) 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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