Abu Dhabi to host FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final 2022
ABU DHABI (United Arab Emirates) - The final of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour’s 11th edition will take place in Abu Dhabi on December 9-10, 2022.
Abu Dhabi has been a pioneer in 3x3. Not only did the city organize a FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters last year - which featured ten Olympic medalists, it played host to the Final both in 2015 and 2016.
“We’re delighted to bring the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final to Abu Dhabi for the third time,” FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis said. “Coming back for the Final six years later shows the spiking interest for 3x3 and the commitment of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council.”
The 2015 and 2016 Finals rank among the most memorable and successful events in 3x3 history, both in terms of excitement on the court and quality of the organization. The event was praised for being one of the best sporting events in Abu Dhabi in 2015.
“Our previous Abu Dhabi Finals were a decisive moment in the growth of 3x3,” FIBA 3x3 Head of Events Ignacio Soriano said. “We’re blessed to have found a partner in the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, which shares our vision of 3x3 events being more than a sporting event. We are looking forward to continuing this legacy by organizing an unprecedented show this year in Abu Dhabi.”
The 2022 Final will be staged on Yas Island, a very popular leisure island, which is home to many entertainment facilities and sporting events, such as the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
“It is an honor for us to host the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final for the third time,” His Excellency Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council said. “The event is beloved within our community and fits with our strategy to bring the best and most innovative sporting events in the world. We were delighted to see 3x3’s success at the Tokyo Olympics and are committed to continue growing the game together.”
FIBA will unveil the FIBA 3x3 World Tour season calendar later this month.
Exciting, urban and innovative, 3x3 is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide and is considered the world’s number one urban team sport. Steered by FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a basketball half-court.
It was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and since then has benefited from the launch of a yearly city-based FIBA 3x3 World Tour and national-team FIBA 3x3 World & Continental Cups.
On July 24, 2021, 3x3 made its Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games.
Wilson is the Global Ball Partner and the FIBA 3x3 World Tour 2022 Apparel Partner.
FIBA 3x3 events are played on Enlio floors with Wilson balls, Schelde backstops, and the Magic Sky canopy system.