Austria to host FIBA 3x3 Olympic qualifiers next year


Posted at Jun 24 2020 12:31 PM | Updated as of Jun 24 2020 01:30 PM

The Philippine national 3x3 team in practice. Handout photo. 

(UPDATED) The FIBA 3x3 Olympic qualifying tournament will be held in Graz, Austria on May 26 to 30, 2021.

It will be the first ever official FIBA 3x3 competition in Austria, FIBA announced on Wednesday.

"The focus of our government in sports is the promotion of trending and green sporting event," said Austria Vice-Chancellor and Sports Minister Werner Kogler. "The FIBA 3x3 Olympic qualifying tournament combines modernity and sustainability in a unique way."

Forty teams (20 men's and 20 women's) from 36 different countries will compete in the FIBA 3x3 Olympic qualifiers. At stake are six berths to the Tokyo Olympics -- three men's and three women's teams will qualify. 

The Philippines will compete in the men's 3x3 OQT, with Alvin Pasaol, Joshua Munzon, CJ Perez, and Moala Tautuaa representing the country. 

Munzon and Pasaol are the highest-ranked 3x3 players in the Philippines, while Perez and Tautuaa were part of the national team that won 3x3 gold in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. 


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"We will be ready come 2021," said Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 league owner Ronald Mascariñas. "For us in Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3, we will resume operations once the government allows us to do so."

"We will use that tournament to help keep our players sharp, while also continuing to bring in topnotch coaches like coach Stefan Stojacic to help train the team," he added.

The Philippines was drawn with Slovenia, France, Qatar, and the Dominican Republic in Group C.

"FIBA is delighted that the road to the Olympics will stop in Graz's iconic Hauptplatz and that the Austrian authorities have vowed to make it the greenest, most sustainable event to date, which is entirely in line with our concept of reduced ecological footprint of 3x3," said FIBA executive director Europe Kamil Novak.

"We are very happy to be able to bring this great tournament to Austria," Basketball Austria president Gerald Martens said. "It gives our successful national teams a historic chance to make it to the Olympics."

Local organizers will build a temporary outdoor venue with a seating capacity of 2,000 for the occasion.

A total of 16 teams -- eight men's and eight women's -- will compete in the 3x3 event at the Tokyo Olympics. Eight teams have already qualified based on the FIBA 3x3 Federation ranking released last November.

After six berths are secured at the FIBA OQT in Austria, the last two tickets -- one for each gender -- will be contested at the FIBA 3x3 Universality Olympic qualifying tournament in Budapest, Hungary at a date to be announced.

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