The Philippines earned a spot in the 2016 International Basketball Federation (FIBA) 3×3 World Championships to be held on October 11 to 15 in Guangzhou, China.
Besides the Philippines, Cook Islands and United Arab Emirates will debut in the 3-on-3 championships event.
Teams were selected based on the FIBA 3×3 federation ranking which includes sport and development criteria that allows the strongest teams on the field as well as the most active countries to participate in FIBA’s event.
This year, the Team Manila North headed by Calvin Abueva advanced to the quarterfinals of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour finals in the United Arab Emirates while Kiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng were featured in an exhibition game last week in the FIBA 3+3 All-Stars.
Terrence Romeo was hailed the Most Spectacular Player in the recently concluded FIBA 3+3 awards.
The 40 teams (20 men and 20 women) from 30 different countries will compete in a team event and three individual competitions including men’s dunk contest, women’s skills contest and mixed shoot-out contest.
Each federation will be given a chance to vie for coveted gold medal in men’s dunk contest.
Games will be played at the Tianhe Sport Complex, which has an overview of the iconic 600-meter tall Canton Tower.
Chinese basketball star Yi Jianlian will serve as the tournament ambassador.
The participating countries in the men’s division are Andorra, Brazil, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United States, Argentina, Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Cook Islands, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Israel, Spain, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates.