|Israel will host next year's 3x3 U18 World Championships|
The next edition of the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships will take place in Israel in May or June 2015, FIBA announced on Monday. The exact dates and the name of the host city will be revealed later this year.
FIBA Europe member federation, The Basketball Association of Israel (IBBA) - one of the most active national federations in the development of 3x3 - will host the fourth edition of the tournament. It was previously held in Rimini, Italy (2011), Alcobendas, Spain (2012) and Jakarta, Indonesia (2013).
The FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships are held on an annual basis, except the year of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG). 3x3 will once again be the only basketball discipline played at this summer's Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China (16- 28 August 2014).
The 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships will follow the same competition format as the Open World Championships with men's and women's tournaments as well as individual contests. Forty-eight teams (24 men's and 24 women's) from more than 35 countries are expected to compete in a four-day event in Israel.
"We are delighted to organise the 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships in Israel, giving the country its first major FIBA event," said FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann.
"Israel's success in traditional basketball is well-documented but what is not so well known is that Israel was at the vanguard in 3x3, participating in the discipline's first-ever international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, finishing sixth in the men's category.
"After a resounding success the last three years in Italy, Spain and Indonesia, we know our top 3x3 youth competition will be in safe hands in Israel in 2015."
IBBA President Dani Haloutz underlined the honour to stage the competition in his country saying: "We take great pride in hosting an international event like the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships and being associated with a rising discipline like 3x3.
"No other international event mixes youth, sport, music and urban culture like this one. We support FIBA's initiative to steer 3x3 and bring it to the Olympics."
Haloutz believes 3x3 will feel itself at home in Israel.
"This discipline already has a strong fanbase here, with players and spectators attending in numbers, tournaments all over the country. We expect this event to have a positive impact on the development of 3x3 and basketball in general in Israel and take it as a great opportunity to welcome young athletes from all over the world and show them a little bit about our beautiful country."