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Top Athletes Clash in Sendai—3×3 Basketball Championships

Hello! This is ariTV’s Handa!

Have you ever heard of 3×3 basketball? According to Wikipedia, it’s “a form of the game played three a side on one hoop,” and “is currently being promoted and structured by FIBA, the sport’s governing body.”


On October 11 and 12, International Basketball Federation (FIBA) hosted 2014 FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final in Sendai’s Xebio Arene.


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12 teams from 6 countries had won preliminary rounds took part in the competition.

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3×3 rules of the game include “The game will be played on a 3×3 basketball court with 1 basket. A regular 3×3 court playing surface is 15m (width) x 11m (length),” “one period of 10 minutes playing time,” and “ the first team which scores 21 points or more wins the game if it happens before the end of regular playing time.”


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At the venue, heated games were took place. DJs played music all the time and an emcee raised the mood of the arena. It’s entertainment everyone can enjoy.



During intermissions, a various performances were offered to spectators and kept them excited.


Sendai was chosen as the game venue because of the FIBA’s hope to contribute to the recovery of Tōhoku.



Takaaki Nakamura of Xebio Group, co-organizer of the event, noted many players from around the world and FIBA staff spread information on Sendai through Facebook, Twitter, etc, and it’s meaningful to tell the world that Sendai was livened up this way


There’s a movement to make 3×3 basketball become an official event for the Tōkyō Olympics in 2020.

Mr. Nakamura wants the 3×3 basketball to become the most active sport in the world,

and hopes Japan is able to lead the promotion of the sport.



Maybe we’ll see 3×3 basketball game at the Tōkyō Olympics in 2020.

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