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USA Basketball’s Colangelo on 3×3 inclusion in Olympic programme: “We’re all for it”

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USA Basketball’s Colangelo on 3×3 inclusion in Olympic programme: “We’re all for it”

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LOS ANGELES (3×3) – USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo has given his backing for FIBA’s 3×3 discipline to be included in the Olympic programme.

Speaking at the United States Olympic Committee (USOC)’s Media Summit and first reported by insidethegames.biz, Colangelo claimed that 3×3 “would bring more exposure for basketball.”

The development of 3×3 is one of the four pillars of FIBA’s strategy and the dynamic urban game is now played at the Youth Olympic Games, the Asian Games and many more multi-sports events. FIBA has made an official bid for 3×3 to be added to the Olympic programme in Tokyo 2020.

“3×3 is a good game,” Colangelo said. “We’re all for it.”

We would love to see [3×3] on the [Olympic] programme and are very supportive. –Colangelo

Colangelo’s support comes although USA Basketball have not won a single gold medal in 3×3 basketball in the men’s categories (senior and youth) since the discipline’s first-ever official appearance at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games.

The next opportunity will present itself at the 2016 FIBA 3×3 World Championships in Guangzhou, China on 11-15 October 2016. The USA men’s national team will try to emulate their female counterparts, who have won both editions of the competition in 2012 in Greece and in 2014 in Russia.