The 2015 and 2016 editions of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final will take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Abu Dhabi, FIBA announced on Tuesday.
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 3×3.
His Excelency AREF AL AWANI, general secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council and mister Patrick Baumann, FIBA general secretary signed the official agreement that will bring the most important event of 3×3 basketball in the UAE for the next two years.
TALAL AL HASHEMI, Sport Technical Affairs Division Director of ADSC and KHALID AL HANAEI, 3×3 Committee Chairman of UAE Basketball Association were also part of the UAE delegation while Extra International Sport was represented by mister Daniel Lupasc, CEO of the company.
The 2015 FIBA 3×3 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 FIBA 3×3 World Tour is the pinnacle event of an ‘open’ network of FIBA-endorsed 3×3 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 3×3 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 3×3 with the fourth edition of the FIBA 3×3 U18 World Championships in Hungary on 4-7 June, the inclusion of 3×3 in the European Games in Azerbaijan on 23-26 June and the third edition of the FIBA 3×3 All Stars in Qatar in December.
The full calendar of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour will be announced at a later stage.