We’re all getting a little closer to the dream of seeing 3-on-3 basketball in the Olympics – possibly as soon as Rio in 2016 – so the sport’s governing body, FIBA, announced Tuesday that they’ve picked Moscow to host the 2014 world championships.
“We support FIBA’s efforts to make 3×3 an Olympic discipline,” Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said regarding the announcement.
Moscow was apparently picked due to the country’s rich basketball tradition according to FIBA Secretary General and IOC member Patrick Baumann, who forgot the sport was created in the States (admittedly by a Canadian with a losing career record) and that the NBA is kind of a big deal here. Maybe Rucker Park was unavailable.
The half-court event will be a five-day tournament next June, when FIBA will bring in 24 men’s teams and 24 women’s teams from around the world. Serbia won the men’s championship last year in Athens, the U.S. took home the women’s gold, and France earned the title in the mixed team event.
Here’s a highlight of the men’s 2012 gold medal game: