Bucharest, the Capital City of Romania, will candidate for the organization of the 2016 World University Championship 3×3 Basketball. The official announcement was made by Claudia Georgescu, director of the School and University Sport Federation (FISU member), during Sport Arena Streetball Awards, a ceremony that ended officially the 2012 Romanian 3×3 basketball season.
Sport Arena Streetball, who developed in the last eight years in one of the best 3×3 basketball competitions from all over the world, is ready to make the next step, a natural one, and will co-organize this event. Sport Arena Streetball will host it at its state of the art facility from University of Politehnica Bucharest, which will be extended and rebuild during the next two years, in order to offer the best conditions on and off the court.
Our partners will be School and University Sport Federation, Ministry of Sport, Romanian Basketball Federation and University of Politehnica Bucharest and togehter we are ready to offer an unfforgettable experience to all the players, officials, media and spectators who will take part at this important event.
Romania last hosted an WUC back in 1987, when the 10th WUC Handball took place in Bucharest.
Also during the Sport Arena Streetball Awards, the best Romanian 3×3 players in different categories were awarded for their performances.
After an unbelievable season, finished in the fourth position of the FIBA 3×3 World Ranking, Angel Santana was the deserving recipient of the Most Valuable Player award. Santana led the Sport Arena UPB team to the sixth place at the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final, in Miami, and also was the best player of the Romanian National Team who advanced in the eight-finals of the World Championships, in Athens. Santana received also the award for the Best Forward.
Another member of the Sport Arena UPB team, Catalin Vlaicu, was named the Best Center, while Silviu Lupusavei, a player who contributed to the victory of the team at Sport Arena Bucharest Challenger, was named the Best Guard.
The ceremony was honored by the presence of world known soprano Felicia Filip, who concerted on many international famous stages, and legendary Romanian football player Miodrag Belodedici, the first player in history of European competitions that won the Champions League (former ECC) twice, with two different clubs, Steaua Bucharest (1986) and Red Star Belgrade (1991).