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Fiba signs long-term Chinese deal for 3×3 Asia Cup

The Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) has agreed a deal with the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) for Shenzhen to host the 3×3 Asia Cup until 2021.

The 2018 event will be staged by the CBA from April 29 to May 1. It will mark the third edition of the national team tournament and will be held in association with private promoter SunsSports.

The CBA’s four-year contract with Fiba guarantees that Shenzhen will host the 3×3 Asia Cup until 2021. The event will be staged at Shenzhen’s Nanshan Cultural & Sports Center.

Shenzhen had been due to host this year’s 3×3 Asia Cup before hosting rights were reassigned to the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar. That event took place from October 27-29. The inaugural edition of the event took place in Doha, Qatar in 2013.

Australia’s women and Mongolia’s men are the defending 3×3 Asia Cup champions, having emerged victorious at the recent event in Ulaanbaatar.

China has experience of hosting 3×3 events in the past, with Guangzhou having hosted last year’s Fiba 3×3 World Cup and Chengdu having staged this year’s 3×3 U18 World Cup. The final of the professional 3×3 season, the 3×3 World Tour, was also held in Beijing this year.

The 3×3 discipline of basketball will make its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.