2020 Tokyo Olympics Add 3-On-3 Basketball

There are some new medal events coming to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

On Friday, the International Olympic Committee voted to officially add 3-on-3 basketball to the 2020 Games.

“The hope behind making 3-on-3 an Olympic sport is to really open up Olympic basketball to parts of the world that struggle to field 12-person teams in 5-on-5 competition,” says Jim Tooley, the chief executive officer of USA Basketball in a statement.

“3-on-3 is now played in countries like the Philippines, Estonia, Hungary and the Central African Republic. It’s much more accessible. And it’s a totally different style of game. It’s an incredibly fast-paced sprint.”

Bleacher Report shared the rules that are expected to be used for the 3-on-3 basketball competitions:

  • The half-court game features a 12-second shot clock.

  • The game ends after a single 10-minute period or when one team reaches 21 points.

  • Every made shot inside the three-point arc is worth one point; shots beyond the arc are worth two.

  • After a change of possession on a missed shot or a turnover, the ball must be taken back beyond the three-point arc. The same rule applies after a made basket.

  • A team consists of four players—three starters and a substitute. There are no coaches.

Suddenly there should be more intrigue in Ice Cube’s Big3 league.

In addition to 3-on-3 basketball the IOC also added a 4x400m mixed relay in track and field and a 4x100m medley mixed relay in swimming, along with BMX freestyle.

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Josh SanchezCAMPUSSPORTS Writer
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