Following the success of the UCI Nations Cup, Hong Kong eyes another international sports event.
- 3×3 basketball to debut at Tokyo Olympics
- Shorlisted venues include Hong Kong Disneyland
The 3×3 World Tour, the three-a-side basketball global series organised by the international basketball federation (Fiba), is set to hold one of its legs in Hong Kong later this year.
According to South China Morning Post (SCMP), the organisers plan to hold the tournament outdoors in either October or November and have shortlisted three venues, Victoria Park, the Central Harbourfront and Hong Kong Disneyland.
According to Kenny Wong of local organisers M1 Group, the event will not be held behind closed doors but the number of spectators allowed will depend on the Covid-19 situation in Hong Kong at the time.
Speaking at a contract signing with Fiba, Wong told SCMP: “Once we have confirmed the dates, which should be in the later part of the year when there is little chance of rain, we will start the enrolment of local clubs and the general public for the Hong Kong qualifying event.”
Wong, who is also a vice-president of the Hong Kong Basketball Association (HKBA) believes the qualifying event will create heightened interest in 3×3 basketball in the territory.
The M1 Group have reportedly allocated a budget of HK$10 million (US$1.28 million), to host the tournament and hope to bring the world’s top 12 teams to Hong Kong, including the new Olympic medalists from the 2020 Tokyo Games.
3×3 basketball will make its debut as an Olympic medal sport in Tokyo this summer, should the games proceed as planned.