A man and a vision: Basketball, more popular than soccer!

A man and a vision: Basketball, more popular than soccer!

The 2020 class of the NBA Hall of Fame, the gall­ery of American basketball legends, is one of the most star-studded in history. The late Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett or Tamika Catchings, as well as other personalities, will receive the highest honors in basketball. One of these personalities, Patrick Baumann, was the man in the International Basketball Federation’s­­­­ leadership who blindly believed in the success of 3×3 basketball and its inclusion in the Olympic Program. He also supported the Sport Arena Streetball since its early years. For 16…

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No Olympic Games in 2020: 3×3 basketball sees its debut postponed

No Olympic Games in 2020: 3×3 basketball sees its debut postponed

The Tokyo Olympic Games have been postponed to 2021 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the first such delay in the Games’ 124-year modern history, as the global outbreak of COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the international sporting calendar. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) made the decision on Tuesday after speaking with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local organisers, ending weeks of speculation and uncertainty about the Summer Games – initially scheduled to kick off in July. 3×3 basketball was about to make its Olympic debut this summer in…

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3×3 basketball will be played at the Olympics

3×3 basketball will be played at the Olympics

The International Olympic Committee decided, on Friday, June 9th, to introduce 3×3 basketball into the Olympic programme, starting with 2020, in Tokyo. The only team sport that saw Romania win a medal at the last two European Championships (men’s contest and then women’s) was set on track towards the Olympic roster by a Romanian team, namely Sport Arena Streetball. The Romanian organizers set up the first 3×3 showcase tournament for the IOC in Bucharest, in 2013, and ever since has supported the campaign “from the streets to the Olympics”. Patrick…

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From streets, to the Olympics

From streets, to the Olympics

Sport Arena Streetball, together with the Romanian Basketball Federation, launched a campaign to support the road of 3×3 basketball, from streets, to the Olympic Games.  Prior to the 3×3 EuroTour Wizz Air Sport Arena Streetball, many Romanian sports personalities, former Olympic champions, Olympic medalists or with excellent results in other world stage competitions showed their support for 3×3 basketball, who is trying to became and Olympic discipline this year. Legends like Gheorghe Hagi, the greatest Romanian footballer of all time, and one of the greatest in the world, Elisabeta Lipa,…

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