Everything you need to know about 3×3 and the Olympics


We are finally less than 100 days from the introduction of 3×3 into Olympic play.

This monumental moment, a decade in the making, will see eight men’s and eight women’s teams compete for the gold. But there are still qualifications to be completed.

There are three ways to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Via the FIBA 3×3 Federation Rankings (four spots per gender)
Via an Olympic Qualifying Tournament (three spots per gender)
Via a Universality Olympic Qualifying Tournament (one spot per gender)

Who has qualified so far 

The top four teams in the FIBA 3×3 Federation Ranking in the women’s category (Russia, China, Mongolia, and Romania) have all earned a trip to the Tokyo Olympics.

The top three teams in the FIBA 3×3 Ranking in the men’s category (Serbia, Russia, and China) together with the Japanese hosts will join them in the Aomi Urban Sports Park in the waterfront Aomi district for the much-anticipated event.

*The FIBA 3×3 Federation Ranking was calculated by adding up the FIBA 3×3 Individual World Ranking points of the Top 100 nationals.

Upcoming Qualifiers 

A total of 20 teams per gender can still make it to Tokyo after qualifying for the FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT), which will grant three tickets to the Olympics by gender.

The teams made it to the OQT due to being hosts, thanks to their medal at the FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2019 or because they were the highest-ranked teams in the FIBA 3×3 Federation Ranking not yet qualified.

The last entrance (per gender) to the 3×3 event of the Olympics will be awarded at the Universality Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which will feature six teams. In addition to the hosts (including the Olympic Games hosts Japan’s women if not yet qualified via the OQT), the other teams were the highest-ranked teams not yet qualified to the Olympic Games, who have not been represented in Basketball (men or women) in the past two editions of the Olympic Games.

This is another example of FIBA’s vision for 3×3 to bring basketball to new markets.


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