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India to host 3x3 basketball qualifiers for 2020 Tokyo Olympics; FIBA confirms

The tournament will feature 40 teams (20 in each gender), the location for which will be announced later

India to host 3x3 basketball qualifiers for 2020 Tokyo Olympics; FIBA confirms

For the first time ever, India will be hosting the 3x3 basketball qualifiers for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) announced that the qualifiers will be held in March next year.

The tournament will feature 40 teams (20 in each gender). However, the location for the qualifiers will be announced by FIBA, the basketball governing body later.

Meanwhile, FIBA said in its press release that six tickets (three per gender) to next year Olympics will be awarded at the Olympic qualifying tournament.

It is a great honour to host such an important event in India and to see our players give it all on home soil for a berth to the first-ever 3x3 Olympic tournament," said Basketball Federation of India (BFI) President Govindaraj Kempareddy.

"We are delighted to host the Olympic qualifying tournament in India", FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis said.

"Following the successful organisation of two consecutive FIBA Women's Asia Cup in Bangalore by the BFI, we are looking forward to organising now a key 3x3 event in a country where our new Olympic discipline already has a strong fanbase."

The qualifying competition will consist of the host teams along with the remaining of the 40 participating teams who are qualified via the FIBA rankings and the results of the FIBA World Cup held in Amsterdam.

The 3x3 Basketball event was added on June 9, 2017, to the Olympic Program and the discipline will be making its Olympic debut in Japan next year where eight-team tournaments will be held for men and women.

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