Tokyo Olympics 2020: Coronavirus cases in India forces postponement of FIBA 3x3 Basketball Olympic qualifiers in Bengaluru

The FIBA 3x3 basketball Olympic qualifying tournament, scheduled to be held in Bengaluru from 18 to 22 March, was on Wednesday postponed in view of the coronvirus outbreak.

Press Trust of India March 04, 2020 20:04:59 IST
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Coronavirus cases in India forces postponement of FIBA 3x3 Basketball Olympic qualifiers in Bengaluru
  • This is the first sporting event to be put off in India owing to the virus outbreak that has so far claimed over 3,000 lives and infected more than 94,000

  • Twenty teams each in men's and women's events were to participate in the event jointly organised by FIBA and Basketball Federation of India

  • 'FIBA is now working in close collaboration with the International Olympic Committee, on the best solution possible in the circumstances...' said the FIBA

Bengaluru: The FIBA 3x3 basketball Olympic qualifying tournament, scheduled to be held in Bengaluru from 18 to 22 March, was on Wednesday postponed in view of the coronvirus outbreak.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Coronavirus cases in India forces postponement of FIBA 3x3 Basketball Olympic qualifiers in Bengaluru

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This is the first sporting event to be put off in India owing to the virus outbreak that has so far claimed over 3,000 lives and infected more than 94,000 people across the world after being first detected in Wuhan, China.

"The FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualification Tournament, which was scheduled to be held in Bengaluru, India, from March 18 to 22, 2020, has been postponed," Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) said in a statement.

"FIBA is now working in close collaboration with the International Olympic Committee, on the best solution possible in the circumstances, considering that this tournament needs to take place before the FIBA 3x3 Universality Olympic Qualifier Tournament scheduled to be played in Budapest, Hungary, from April 24 to 26, 2020," it further said.

Twenty teams each in men's and women's events were to participate in the event jointly organised by FIBA and Basketball Federation of India in a year which will witness the Olympic debut of 3x3 basketball.

Both the men's and women's teams are broken into four pools each. India are placed in Pool D alongside Latvia, Croatia, Canada and The Netherlands in the men's section while the women find themselves bunched together with Italy, Chinese Taipei, Switzerland and Spain.

Six Olympic spots (three each from men's and women's) are up for grabs which would then have the top two teams from each pool qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition.

Former India cricket captain Anil Kumble had launched the logo of the tournament at a function in Bengaluru on Monday.

The coronavirus outbreak has already seen the postponement of numerous sporting events across the globe, including the World Indoor Track and Field championships, the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix, Moto GP races in Qatar and Thailand and several Serie A football games in Italy.

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