The International Basketball Federation (Fiba) has expanded its 3x3 World Tour with the addition of new events in Quito, Ecuador and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
It brings the total number of events on the 2018 calendar up to 10. The season gets underway with the Saskatoon Masters in Canada on July 21-22 and concludes with the Bloomage Beijing Final in China on October 27-28.
Following the opening event in Canada, the series travels to Utsunomiya (Japan) on July 28-29, Prague (Czech Republic) on August 4-5, Lausanne (Switzerland) on August 24-25 and Debrecen (Hungary) on August 30-31.
The World Tour then travels back to the Americas for an event in Mexico City on September 8-9, before Quito makes its debut on September 22-23. Chengdu in China hosts on September 29-30, with the inaugural Kuala Lumpur event to be held on October 6-7.
The top 12 teams in the World Tour standings after the last Masters – including the winners of each stage – will qualify for the season finale in Beijing
“Adding two more events to the Fiba 3x3 World Tour is a giant step forward,” Fiba 3x3 managing director Alex Sanchez said. “It shows the ever-increasing interest for our Olympic sport, especially from new organisers.”
Fiba has also unveiled a prize fund of more than $1m (€810,000) for the first time in the World Tour’s history. "This is a crucial milestone for us," Sanchez added. "We want to give our current and future stars the financial means to dedicate themselves to the game and bring it to an even more spectacular level."
Zemun Master of Serbia is the defending World Tour champion, having emerged victorious in Beijing last October.
Basketball’s 3x3 discipline will be contested at a summer Olympics for the first time at the 2020 Games in Tokyo, Japan.