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Antwerp’s Groenplaats in 2020 decor for FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup

The sixth edition of the european CHAMPIONSHIPS 3X3 is from 26 to 28 June 2020 Antwerp on the Groenplaats organized. In 2020, it is 100 years ago that the Olympic Games in Antwerp (1920) were organized. In the context of this, and also because 3X3 basketball in Tokyo 2020 olympic discipline, FIBA Europe for Belgium and specifically Antwerp. The event will be organised by Basketball Flanders, in collaboration with Golazo/Sportizon.

In 3×3 basketball is played by two teams of three players (with one wisselspeler) against each other on a field that is half as large as the classic basketball. The game goes extremely fast. Both teams will play to the same basket and the shot clock is only 12 seconds. A match lasts for 10 minutes or end faster if a team is 21 points scored.

3×3 basketball is an urban’ sport of choice. “Our City already has a rich history as a 3×3 location, because since 2012, she formed the backdrop for the annual 3×3 tournament in different age groups. In 2020 it becomes the backdrop for the main 3×3 basketbaltornooi in Europe. By this high level event profiling Antwerp further, as the Urban sports city of the Benelux. By the ambiance, the music and the competitions, this will be EK on the Groenplaats square in the magic atmosphere of the pleintjesbasketbal of yesteryear calls,” says deputy of sports Ludo Van Campenhout.

The best 12 men and best 12 vrouwenteams of Europe will be in June 2020, for three days in Antwerp, to admire his. The exact dates will be provided by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) – that the EK together with the Royal Belgian Basketbalbond (royal belgian basketba…), Basket Flanders and Sportizon/Golazo organises – soon to be determined. Belgium should host both a men – as team commissioner. And the Belgians are certainly not hopeless, because there is a lot of 3×3-talent in our country. The U18 Belgian Lions were last year in China the world champion and the U18 Belgian Cats crowned in september in Hungary, the European champion.

Leading lady of the Belgian vrouwenbasketbal Ann Wauters is already in the clouds with the FIBA Europe Cup in their own country. “3×3 play is absolutely fun: the setting and music give it an instant summer atmosphere. It is a wonderful discipline and it is an absolute enrichment for our sport. The FIBA Europe Cup to organize in their own country can only have an additional boost to the further development and popularity of 3×3. And medals are certainly achievable, just look at our bronze medal in 2014, or the gold medals from the U18 boys at the world cup and european CHAMPIONSHIPS last year and the U18 girls at the european CHAMPIONSHIPS this year.”

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