USA Men and Women Earn a Berth Into 2020 FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament
The Olympic dream remains alive for the USA Basketball men’s and women’s 3x3 national teams.
FIBA today in Utsunomiya, Japan, announced the USA men and women each have earned a berth into the 2020 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament that will take place March 18-22 in India.
The top three finishing men’s and women’s nations at the 2020 FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournaments will earn a spot in the inaugural 3x3 Olympic tournaments at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
“USA Basketball is incredibly excited to take part in FIBA’s 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournaments, and immediately we shift our focus from getting to this point where we qualified both the men and women to fielding teams that can earn the USA berths into the 2020 Olympics,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball chief executive officer.
The 2020 Olympics for the first time will feature the inclusion of 3x3 basketball with eight men’s and eight women’s teams competing for gold July 25-29 in Tokyo.
In addition to the 20 men’s and 20 women’s teams that will compete in the 2020 FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournaments, FIBA today also unveiled the first four men’s and women’s teams that are qualified for the 2020 Olympics.
FIBA’s top three ranked men’s 3x3 nations – Serbia, Russia and China – qualified for the 2020 Olympics, as did the host nation Japan. On the women’s side, Russia, China, Mongolia and Romania earned Olympic bids by virtue of their top FIBA 3x3 world rankings.
The eighth and final Olympic 3x3 spots will be awarded based on FIBA’s universality clause that is designed to offer an Olympic 3x3 berth to one country in the men’s tournament and the women’s tournament who did not have a team at the 2012 or 2016 Olympic basketball tournaments. The FIBA Universality Qualifying Tournaments, which will be held in April 2020 in Budapest Hungary, will include six men’s and six women’s teams. The top men’s and women’s finishers will advance to the Olympics.
The four-member USA men’s and women’s teams that will play in the 2020 FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament will be selected from athletes that take part in a USA Basketball training camp ahead of the March qualifying event. Among eligible athletes, the USA training camps will include many of the USA’s top ranked FIBA 3x3 athletes.
At the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament, the USA men will play in Group B, along with Lithuania, Belgium, South Korea and New Zealand. Playing in Group A will be Mongolia, Poland, Brazil, Turkey and Spain. Group C will include Slovenia, France, Qatar, Philippines and Dominican Republic. And, finally, Group D features Netherlands, Latvia, Canada, Croatia and host India.
The USA women at the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament will play in Group A with France, Germany, Uruguay and Indonesia. Group B includes Iran, Japan, Ukraine, Turkmenistan and Australia. Group C features Netherlands, Estonia, Belarus, Hungary and Sri Lanka. And, in Group D will be Italy, Taipei, Czech Republic, Switzerland and host India.
As per FIBA regulations, all teams taking part in the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament must include two athletes who are ranked among the federation’s top 10 FIBA 3x3 athletes.
The USA men automatically qualified for the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament by winning the 2019 FIBA World Cup. The USA 3x3 National Team consisting of Canyon Barry (Iowa Wolves/Florida/Colorado Springs, Colo.), Robbie Hummel (Purdue/Valparaiso, Ind.), Damon Huffman (Brown/Petoskey, Mich.) and Kareem Maddox (Princeton/Los Angeles, Calif) finished 7-0 to capture gold at the FIBA World Cup that was held June 18-23 in Amsterdam.
The USA women earned their qualifying spot by virtue of their world ranking.
FIBA’s 3x3 National Federation Rankings are based on a country’s 3x3 Individual World Rankings and are published on fiba3x3.com. Individual World rankings are comprised of points collected by players in FIBA and FIBA recognized or endorsed events in the past 12 months and that are registered through a confirmed play.fiba3x3.com account. National Federations are ranked according to total points from their top 100 athletes in men’s competitions and in women’s competitions.
An exciting and fast-paced game, 3x3 officially was unveiled in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games and since has become a fan favorite at FIBA 3x3 World Cup events. Played on a half court with a 10-minute clock, and a 12-second shot clock, the first team to 21 points, or the team in the lead at the end of regulation, is the winner.