The first teams to participate in 3×3 basketball have been announced at a special ceremony hosted by FIBA as the event looks to make their Olympic debut. Four men’s and four women’s teams qualified to the games through the Federation Ranking List.
The Federation Ranking List is taken from the sum of the top 100 players of a nation over the past 12 months. Players earn points by competing at eligible tournaments where their nine best results are added together. In addition, only a maximum of two nations from the same continent can qualify through this method while hosts Japan will qualify their best performing team, replacing the fourth ranked team.
The men’s ranking list was topped by Serbia who finished with a total of 37,179,730 points. Also qualifying are Russia, China and Japan through the host quota. Serbia, as the four-time World Cup champions will be looking to win the first gold medal for this event.
The women’s ranking list was topped by Russia who finished with a total of 12,488,367 points. Also qualifying are China, Mongolia and Romania. Russia has consistently been one of the top teams in this sport while China is the current World Cup champions.
Only athletes who are registered in the 3×3 basketball database are eligible to compete and all athletes must reach the minimum standard. The next opportunity for nations to qualify in 3×3 basketball will at the Olympic qualification tournament to be held in March.