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Sunday, August 11th, 2013 at 10:30 am  |  8 responses

IOC Denies Application to Include 3-on-3 Basketball in 2016 Olympics


It would’ve been fun to watch, but 3-on-3 basketball will not be featured during the Olympic Games anytime soon. Sorry, FIBA. Per USA Today (via PBT): “Despite a strong push and official application from FIBA, 3-on-3 basketball will not be part of the program at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro the International Olympic Committee decided in a quiet ruling last month. In a statement the IOC’s executive board said that any ‘any request from International Federations (IFs) that would result in a higher number of athletes or increased number of medals, thereby adding to the cost and complexity of the Games, would not be considered. At a later stage, the IOC will study the quota-neutral requests already made by IFs for either a swap of event or modifications of competition format.’ In another ruling, the IOC declined FIBA’s request to increase the number of basketball teams in the Olympics from 12 to 16. The intent was to add more teams but limit the number of games played. Instead of two groups of six with five preliminary round games, FIBA wanted four groups of four with three preliminary games.”

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  • TheWOAT

    But please, by all means keep table tennis.

  • spit hot fiyah

    bruce lee would have killed it

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SncapPrTusA

  • Da Real

    USA will win the 5v5 gold for the next 20 years and they pass on a chance to have another country win a basketball gold. Great job IOC, haha

  • LLC#12

    Just in the last 10 years, Strong USA teams have lost to Greece, Puerto Rico, Lithuania and Argentina. They are obviously the best team in the world, but to say they won’t lose a game in the next 5 Olympics is a bit of a bold claim I think.

  • Mike From Spain

    I don’t like the way the Olympics are organized. I mean, if you are a great swimmer in one style, you may win three or four gold medals. Does that make a swimmer that much greater of a sportsman than, say, a pole vault specialist? Michael Phelps is touted as the greatest Olympian of all time because of how many gold medals he’s got. But conceivably there could be many sportsmen just as great as he is, but who chose sports with less medals at play. OK, this kind of thing favours sports that usually attract less money and audience outside the Olympics, but still… now, they give ball players a chance to equiparate with volleyball (beach and regular…) and basketball is denied this… not fair

  • vINSANITY

    But bring it to all-star weekend!

  • vINSANITY

    But bring it to all-star weekend!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Table Tennis is the 2nd most popular sport on earth.

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