The biggest 3×3 stars, both men and women will travel to Romania during the week-end August 11-12, for the seventh edition of the Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Challenger. The event hosted in the ParkLake Shopping Center will feature for the first time a Women Master and none other than Emilie Gomis, Olympic silver medalist and European Champion will play alongside her teammates for Paris Squad.
Both 3×3 World Champions, Serbia men and Italy women will be in Bucharest, while the Romanian fans will have plenty to cheer for, as their national teams and the best teams in the Sport Arena Streetball national tour will be part of the event.
In total 16 teams from 12 countries in the men’s competition and eight teams from seventh countries in the women’s competition will battle for a total of 25.000 USD prize money. Both finalists in men’s competition will qualify for the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Debrecen Master.
Winners of the previous three editions of Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Challenger, Zemun (2015), Novi Sad Al Wahda (2016) and Riga (2017) will come back to battle for another title. For Dusan Bulut and Novi Sad will be the fourth participation in seventh editions and they are in search for a third title in the Romanian capital.
Their supremacy is challenged by another five teams from the Top 20 in FIBA 3×3 World Ranking: Belgrade, Gdansk, Lausanne, Split and Sao Paolo.
As a side event a popular tournament for U18 categories will be organized starting Friday. “3×3 in District 3” is an event promoting urban outdoor sports and a healthy lifestyle for youngsters supported by the local City Hall from District 3 of the Romanian capital. The children will have the chance to play and also follow the brightest stars of 3×3 basketball during this true festival.
Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Challenger is organized together with ParkLake Shopping Center and District 3 City Hall and it is supported by: Mastercad, NextEnergy, Nike, Sport Loft, Gatorade, Regina Maria, Pro FM, Pep&Pepper, Pegas, Horizon, Lego, World Class and Bucharest Directorate for Youth and Sport.