Apr 23, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT
We’re all getting a little closer to the dream of seeing 3-on-3 basketball in the Olympics – possibly as soon as Rio in 2016 – so the sport’s governing body, FIBA, announced Tuesday that they’ve picked Moscow to host the 2014 world championships.
“We support FIBA’s efforts to make 3×3 an Olympic discipline,” Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said regarding the announcement.
Moscow was apparently picked due to the country’s rich basketball tradition according to FIBA Secretary General and IOC member Patrick Baumann, who forgot the sport was created in the States (admittedly by a Canadian with a losing career record) and that the NBA is kind of a big deal here. Maybe Rucker Park was unavailable.
The half-court event will be a five-day tournament next June, when FIBA will bring in 24 men’s teams and 24 women’s teams from around the world. Serbia won the men’s championship last year in Athens, the U.S. took home the women’s gold, and France earned the title in the mixed team event.
Here’s a highlight of the men’s 2012 gold medal game:
- Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski, Terry Gannon named NBC’s lead figure skating announcers 0
- Oscar Pistorius sentenced to maximum 5 years in prison 3
- The jump for the ages: Mike Powell, Bob Beamon and a revered world record 0
- Apolo Ohno on Ironman: A milestone among my 8 Olympic medals 1
- Beijing Marathon run through smog (video, photos) 0
- Aksel Lund Svindal injured playing soccer, likely out most of season 0
- Justin Gatlin not among IAAF Athlete of the Year award finalists 0
- Emotional Bode Miller medals in race that mattered most (61)
- Russian women kissing after relay victory at World Championships causes stir (60)
- IOC drops wrestling from 2020 Olympics (47)
- South Korea filing official complaint over Yuna Kim’s Olympic silver (39)
- Zola Budd, 47, dominates college runners in 5K (33)