Basketball world governing body Fiba has announced that the 3×3 World Tour, its flagship professional 3×3 competition, will increase from 12 to 14 events this year.
Prize money for this season has also increased to $2.8m (€2.5m), up from $2.1m in 2019.
The increase in events means an earlier start and later conclusion to the season. The first event is in Doha, Qatar on April 2, and the final is in late November in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Fiba 3×3 managing director Alex Sanchez said: “2020 is a big year for 3×3 and we’re excited to see our number one competition – the Fiba 3×3 World Tour – continue to expand so quickly. We’re proud to attract new amazing cities like Riyadh for the final and – at the same time – to return after many years to exceptional cities where World Tour history was made like Abu Dhabi and Manila.”
Five events will be held before July 25, when 3×3 makes its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Sanchez said: “For the fans, the Fiba 3×3 World Tour will be the best preview of our urban discipline at the Games. It will also be the ultimate preparation for the best 3×3 players in the world before the Olympics. In fact, we will arrive in Japan two weeks early, with the 5th Masters of the season in Utsunomiya, followed by a pre-Olympic Acclimatization Camp for our best athletes to get used to the Japanese climate and deliver the best show possible to the fans.”
The full Fiba 3×3 World Tour 2020 calendar is:
- April 2 to 3: Doha (Qatar)
- May 2 to 3: Manila (Philippines)
- May 30 to 31: Changdu (China)
- June 20 to 21: Mexico City (Mexico)
- July 11 to 2: Utsunomiya (Japan)
- August 1 to 2: Prague (Czech Republic)
- August 21 to 22: Lausanne (Switzerland)
- August 29 to 30: Debrecen (Hungary)
- September 5 to 6: Montreal (Canada)
- September 19 to 20: Los Angeles (USA)
- October 17 to 18: China (city to be announced)
- October 23 to 24: Jeddah (KSA)
- October 30 to 31: Abu Dhabi (UAE)
- November: Riyadh (KSA)