New FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series kicks off in China

The first-ever FIBA 3x3 competition dedicated to women makes its debut on 31 May.

By Ashlee Tulloch

3x3 basketball history is being made as the first-ever women's FIBA 3x3 competition launches in China.

Approximately 8-12 events will take place from May to September 2019, with more details to come throughout the season.

The inaugural event kicks off in Chengdu China, with eight teams competing until June 1: they are Australia, China, France, Japan, Mongolia, Netherlands, Ukraine and USA.

“The tremendous growth of the 3x3 basketball discipline now allows us to offer women a chance to play 3x3 at the highest level on a regular basis,'' said FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis in a statement.

In the new women’s series, teams will be selected for events based on team ranking and each team will represent their national federation.

"This will represent a unique opportunity to bring new countries on the focus as well as for the best players to prepare and offer an amazing show at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.” - Andreas Zagklis

History of 3X3

The sport of 3x3 is considered the world's number one urban team sport.

The innovative twist on basketball sees teams with three players, face off on a basketball half-court.

Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games was the sport's international breakthrough and in 2017 it was added to the Olympic programme, making its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020.

You can watch the 3x3 action on the Olympic Channel.

Stage 2 of the FIBA 3x3 men's World Tour in Chengdu will be streamed live here from 1-2 June.