The fourth edition of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour – FIBA 3×3’s flagship event – will start in Manila, Philippines on 1 August 2015. The Tour will end on 15-16 October, in Abu Dhabi, where the best 12 teams in the world will try to conquer the title!
Tensions mounts in the world of 3×3 as the FIBA 3×3 World Tour is just one month away from a startling start in the Filipino capital.
Several World Tour players already shined at the European Games and are now battling it out to earn a precious ticket to the FIBA 3×3 World Tour, whose total prize money will reach 200k USD this season.
Some iconic World Tour teams already have their ticket, sometimes more than one. A notable change this year: teams are allowed to play at multiple World Tour events regardless of their country of residence.
This is how reigning champs Team Novi Sad Al Wahda will not only play in Manila but also at the Prague and Beijing Masters this August.
The 2014 winners of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour, with Dusan Bulut, Marko Zdero, Marko Savic and Dejan Majstorovic, now representing Al Wahda Club from Abu Dhabi, will try to get back in the Final and they will, for sure, be the team to beat.
The first event of the Tour, the one from Manila might set the tone and immediately become the best FIBA 3×3 World Tour event ever. Not only the 2014 champs, Al Wahda, who get the tickets in Abu Dhabi 3×3 Challenger, back in May, but also the 2013 winners (Team Ljubljana) and a new-look Doha team, which still features Yaseen Musa, will play in Manila.
Four more teams have already secured a spot in the first World Tour of the year, including Team Beirut from Lebanon.
Five more teams will join them in Manila in a new iconic location: the Robinsons Galleria, another state-of-the-art shopping mall where a huge crowd is already expected.
Surely the local fans will be cheering for one of the three Filipino teams, which are foreseen to play at the event. The spectacular Terrence Romeo is announced to be training to qualify.
2015 FIBA 3×3 World Tour calendar
1-2 August – Manila, Philippines
8-9 August – Prague, Czech Republic
15-16 August – Beijing, China
28-29 August – Lausanne, Switzerland
9-10 September – Mexico City, Mexico
26-27 September – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
15-16 October – Abu Dhabi, UAE – World Tour Final