Moscow to stage 2014 FIBA 3×3 World Championships

The tournament will be held over the course of five days during June 2014 and follow a similar format to the inaugural Championships that took place in Athens, Greece in 2012. FIBA has confirmed that there will be both men’s and women’s tournaments, as well as individual contests at the 2014 event. “The hosting of the 2014 FIBA 3×3 World Championships will definitely have a positive impact on the development of basketball all over Russia,” said Russian Basketball Federation president Alexander Krasnenkov. “Just the fact that such a big tournament will take place in our country will demonstrate that we are capable of hosting events of the highest level.” FIBA president Yvan Mainini added: “We are extremely pleased to stage the 2014 FIBA 3×3 World Championships in Moscow. Russia has been a motor in the promotion of 3×3 basketball and showed their competitiveness in Athens last year.” The inaugural 2012 event in Athens saw a total of 48 teams take part – split equally between men’s and women’s teams. Serbia took top spot in the men’s section, finishing ahead of France and Ukraine, while USA were crowned winners of the women’s competition, holding off challenges from France and Australia in second and third place respectively.