The International Basketball Federation (Fiba) has awarded hosting rights for the 2021 edition of its 3×3 Europe Cup to the French capital, Paris.
France will host the event, which will run from September 10-12, 2021, for the first time after staging the 3×3 World Cup in Nantes back in 2017.
The event will be organised by the French Basketball Federation (FFBB) on Parvis de la Défense. The 3×3 Europe Cup will come to Paris one year after the discipline’s Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games and three years before its second appearance at the Paris 2024 Games.
France has been a trailblazer in the development of 3×3 and won four medals in the first-ever edition of the 3×3 World Cup back in 2012. The French women’s national team is the reigning European champion.
FFBB president Jean-Pierre Siutat said: “This validates all the work FFBB has accomplished to develop the practice of 3×3 in France. I am also delighted that this event takes place in an iconic location like La Défense. This fits perfectly with the dynamic and innovative spirit of an urban discipline like 3×3. With such a setting, all the ingredients are there for the FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup to make a lasting impression three years before the Paris Games.”
France’s women and Serbia’s men are the reigning European champions after winning their titles in Bucharest, Romania in 2018. The 3×3 Europe Cup will this year be held in Debrecen, Hungary, before heading to Antwerp, Belgium in 2020.