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First list of 3×3 Challengers unveiled

MIES – FIBA announced on Wednesday the number of 3×3 Challengers would increase from 14 last year to a minimum of 21 in 2018.

These premium direct international qualifiers to the FIBA 3×3 World Tour will make a first-ever appearance in Australia, Cyprus, Italy, South Korea, Latvia and Lithuania.

Saskatoon Masters (21-22 July)

Event Organiser Country Date
Hanam Challenger Korea 3×3 Basketball League South Korea 14-15 April
Chengdu Challenger Chengdu Basketball Association China 26-27 May

 

Utsunomiya Masters (28-29 July)

Event Organiser Country Date
Wuxi Challenger Fountask China 28-29 April
Melbourne Challenger Basketball Australia Australia 19-20 May

 

Prague Masters (4-5 August)

Event Organiser Country Date
Moscow Open Challenger Streetbasket Russia Russia 18-19 May
The Hague Challenger NBB Netherlands 2-3 June
Kaunas Challenger Sporto namų grupė Lithuania 30 June – 1 July

 

Lausanne Masters (24-25 August)

Event Organiser Country Date
Lignano Challenger FIP Italy 14-15 July
Lipik Challenger LIBOX Croatia 6-7 July
Ventspils Challenger Ghetto Basket Latvia 27-28 July

 

Debrecen Masters (30-31 August)

Event Organiser Country Date
Bucharest Challenger SportArena Romania 11-12 August
Ljubljana Challenger KZS Slovenia 18-19 August
Limassol Challenger Limassol 3on3 Cyprus 16-17 June

 

Mexico City Masters (8-9 September)

Event Organiser Country Date
Sao Paolo Challenger ANB Brazil tbc

 

Quito Masters (22-23 September)

Event Organiser Country Date
Berlin Challenger DBB Germany 31 August – 1 September
World Hoops Penang Challenger World Hoops Malaysia 5-6 May

 

Chengdu  Masters (29-30 September)

Event Organiser Country Date
Nanjing Challenger Fountask China 21-22 April
Hang Zhou Challenger Zhe Jiang Basketball Association China 16-17 June

 

Kuala Lumpur Masters (6-7 October)

Event Organiser Country Date
Huai An Challenger Fountask China 12-13 May
Ulaanbaatar Challenger Mongolia Basketball Federation Mongolia 2-3 June
Qingdao Challenger CBA China tbc

Sixteen invitational teams take part in each Challenger and the two finalists stamp their ticket to a designated FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters (unless they are already qualified to the same Masters).

Prize money will reach 20k USD in each one of these challengers this season, a key contribution in the professionalization of the game (close to 1.5 million USD on the entire pro circuit, including the FIBA 3×3 World Tour).

A finalist list of World Tour qualifiers (which may include more challengers) will be announced at a later stage.

While the majority of the World Tour spots are allocated to teams who won a qualifier, 2 tickets per Masters are allocated based on the FIBA 3×3 Team Ranking. Additionally, each World Tour Masters organizer is awarded a local wildcard.

All organizers interested in hosting a 3×3 Challenger in following seasons can contact FIBA’s 3×3 team.

Source: www.fiba.basketball
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