The Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar will be the new host this year’s edition of the International Basketball Federation’s (Fiba) 3×3 Asia Cup, it has been announced.
The event will take place at the Crocus Event Hall from October 27-29 and will be organised by the Mongolian 3×3 Basketball Association.
The competition will feature 12 women’s and 12 men’s teams, with nations from Oceania set to compete for the first time.
It will mark the second edition of the tournament, with the inaugural event having been staged in Doha, Qatar in 2013. The competition will also be the first official Fiba 3×3 event to be staged in Mongolia.
The event was initially awarded to Shenzhen in China and had been due to take place in November.
Myagmarjav Luvsandash, president of the Mongolian 3×3 Basketball Association, said: “Mongolia is a land of basketball and 3×3 has been promoted locally by the youth over the past decade.
“The game has exploded in the last couple of years with Mongolian teams shining at international events. We hope that hosting this event will create a path for Mongolia to become the top national 3×3 team in Asia in the next few years.”
Mongolia’s women’s side won silver at the 2013 event in Doha. Team Ulaanbaatar also recently became the first-ever Mongolian side to qualify for the Fiba 3×3 World Tour, which is contested by teams representing cities. The team will compete in the Utsunomiya Masters event in Japan this weekend.
The 3×3 discipline will feature at an Olympic Games for the first time at Tokyo 2020, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed last month.