Maltese Olympic Committee on a drive to grow this sport
The Maltese Olympic Committee, under the Olympic Solidarity Sports for All umbrella will be launching the first activity, in a series of many, involving 3 x 3 Basketball.
3×3 Basketball is a new initiative by FIBA help make basketball a more versatile sport and is a form of basketball played three a side on one hoop. 3×3 Basketball consists of two events in the tournament; one for men and another for women. Each team has 4 players (3 on court, 1 bench).
David Azzopardi, Chair of the Sports for all Commission explained that the first event will take place this weekend, Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October in Freedom Square in Valletta and participation is open to all. Courts will be available from 10:00hrs on Saturday and 14:00hrs on Sunday.
In order to keep as much of a level playing field as possible allocated times have been set for school-aged children and wheelchair basketball. National League finals will also be held at the times listed below.
|School Children||Saturday / Sunday||15:00hrs – 19:00hrs|
|Wheel Chair Basketball||Saturday / Sunday||12:00hrs – 19:00hrs|
|National League Finals||Saturday||15:30hrs – 22:00hrs|
|Sunday||15:00hrs – 20:00hrs|
Those taking part will also be encouraged to practice wheelchair basketball and participating children and youths will be presented with a small memento.
“We are particularly thrilled with the inclusion of wheelchair basketball in the programme further strengthens our efforts to promote a sport for all mind-set in Malta”. – David Azzopardi.
“The 3×3 concept has all the elements and skills required for the sport but is one of the easiest and most effective ways to bring young people into the sport. The flexibility that 3×3 basketball has enables us to provide a live promotion of the game to the general public in various locations with minimal effort to setup” explained Julian Pace Bonello, President, Maltese Olympic Committee.
3×3 was included as part of the Olympic Basketball programme starting with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Street Basketball 3×3 is being hosted and sponsored by the Maltese Olympic Committee – Olympic Solidarity Sports For All – in collaboration with SportMalta, Malta Basketball Association, Malta Wheel Chair Basketball, the Ministry of Education, the Malta Down Syndrome Association and the Malta School Sports Federation.