The FIBA 3x3 World Tour Returns
After an unexpected 300-day break, FIBA 3x3 hosted an action-packed, back-to-back-to-back Masters in Hungary. Here's how it went down.
All photos & video courtesy of @FIBA3x3
[12:34 PM] Weiner, Eli
The FIBA 3x3 World Tour Debrecen (HUN) Masters 2020 was the first FIBA official competition since FIBA suspended all its competitions on March 13, 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Our league partner staged 3 Masters in 7 days and created a sanitary ‘bubble’ where players and all event-related staff were following a very strict anti-Covid-19 protocol. All players had to bring 2 negative PCR tests (done 5 days before the travel) and everyone was tested upon arrival (and isolated until test results were in). There were zero positive tests throughout the entire competition--quite a feat considering the games featured 21 teams from 16 countries.
Despite the 300-day break, the level of play didn't show it as players were hungry to get back on the court. And the games delivered plenty of drama. Organizers reported that, at the last Masters, 47% of the games were determined by one single basket.
Fans in attendance followed social distancing guidelines, and millions of additional fans from all over the world were able to get in on the action via livestream.
Wilson Ad Staff member Dusan Bulut’s team, Novi Sad, did not take home any hardware, but they are still ranked 3rd on the World Tour after these events.
For the first time this year, Wilson is proud to be the official apparel and uniform provider for FIBA 3x3. The Hungary Masters was also a re-debut of the new Wilson FIBA 3x3 game ball, which will be the official game ball of Olympic Qualifying Tournaments in 2021.
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