The country has been a pioneer in the development of 3×3, hosting two stages of the professional season – the FIBA 3×3 World Tour – in 2014 and 2015 and bringing stars like Terrence Romeo and Calvin Abueva to the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final.
“We are very proud and honored to be hosting the FIBA 3×3 World Cup next year,” SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios said.
“Our two previous experiences hosting FIBA 3×3 events have been a success and 3×3 has become a centerpiece of our development program.”
All games at the FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2018 will be played on the same court with 20 men’s and 20 women’s teams competing in a team event and in three individual contests (men’s dunk contest including professional dunkers, women’s skills contest and mixed shoot-out contest).
“We are delighted to bring the FIBA 3×3 World Cup to the Philippines,” FIBA 3×3 Managing Director Alex Sanchez said.
“We are positive SBP and the passionate Filipino fans will make it an unbelievable experience for the best 3×3 players in the world and everyone watching on all platforms.”
The selection of teams for the tournament is based on the FIBA 3×3 Federation Ranking at the cut-off date of November 1 2017. The Ranking includes sport and development criteria, allowing both the strongest teams on the field as well as the most active countries to participate in the event, which fulfills a key aim of 3×3 – diversity. At least 30 different countries and territories will be represented at the event.
Serbia’s men and Czech Republic’s women are the reigning FIBA 3×3 World Champions following their success at the FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2016 in Guangzhou, China. The 2017 edition of the FIBA 3×3 World Cup will be staged in Nantes, France on June 17-21.