FIBA has confirmed that the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament will take place in Graz, Austria on May 26-30, 2021. The event will mark the first-ever FIBA 3x3 official competition in Austria.
The announcement was made yesterday, on Olympic Day, at a press conference in Graz. Austria Vice-Chancellor and Sports Minister Werner Kogler, explains that Austria has a strong green and sustainability concept in place.
“The focus of our Government in sports is the promotion of trending and green sporting event,” Kogler said. “The FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament combines modernity and sustainability in a unique way.”
The sustainability concept was developed based on waste management, energy and water use, mobility and climate protection, regional products and social responsibility.
The local organizers will build a temporary outdoor venue of a 2,000-seat capacity for the occasion and are already looking forward to the event.
Forty teams (20 in each gender) coming from 36 different countries will compete at the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifier for the 6 tickets (3 per gender) to Tokyo. The Australian Women's team are 18th seed in the world and will be playing in Pool B.
A total of 16 teams (8 in each gender) will compete at the Tokyo Olympics:
- 8 of them (4 in each gender) have already qualified on November 1, 2019, based on the FIBA 3x3 Federation Ranking.
- 6 additional tickets (3 in each gender) will be delivered at the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Graz.
- The last 2 tickets (1 in each gender) will be earned at the FIBA 3x3 Universality Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Budapest, Hungary at a date to be announced.
An exciting and fast-paced game, 3x3 officially was unveiled in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games and has since become a fan favourite at FIBA 3x3 World Cup events. Played on a half-court with a 10-minute clock and a 12-second shot clock, the first team to 21 points, or the team in the lead at the end of regulation, is the winner.
The following Australian players and officials are part of the larger squad trying to book their spot in the team to represent Australia at the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament:
- Rebecca Cole – Jayco Southside Flyers
- Maddie Garrick – Deakin Melbourne Boomers
- Keely Froling – University of Canberra Capitals
- Kelsey Griffin – University of Canberra Capitals
- Alice Kunek – Sydney Uni Flames
Coach – Dave Biwer
Read the official FIBA media release here.