Earlier this week, on October 7th, FIBA announced that a 3x3 Olympic Qualifier tournament will be staged in India in March 2020.
According to FIBA, the event will be under the auspices of the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) and will be organised by FIBA in collaboration with YKBK Enterprise private limited, the brains behind the 3x3BL - India's first-ever FIBA 3×3 recognized basketball league.
"It is a great honor to host such an important event in India and to see our players give it all on home soil for a berth to the first-ever 3x3 Olympic tournament" said BFI President Govindaraj Kempareddy
The press release further states that the tournament will include 40 teams (20 each gender), eventually handing Olympic qualification tickets to six teams (three each gender).
"We are delighted to host the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in India", FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis said. "Following the successful organisation of two consecutive FIBA Women's Asia Cup in Bangalore by the BFI, we are looking forward to organizing now a key 3x3 event in a country where our new Olympic discipline already has a strong fanbase. Our positive experience with YKBK at the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Hyderabad Masters 2018 and the excellent collaboration between FIBA and the BFI played an important role in the selection of the host by the FIBA Central Board."
In addition to the hosts, the remaining of the 40 participating teams are determined via the FIBA 3x3 Federation Ranking (taking into account universality criteria) and the results of the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2019 (the medalists).
With nearly or under six months remaining for this tournament, here's a look at the top five Indian ranked 3x3 players in the world.
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For more on how the 12 3x3 teams will be decided for the Tokyo Olympics, read here.