The Olympic basketball qualifier FIBA 3X3 in Bengaluru was postponed due to the outbreak of coronavirus
BENGALURU: The FIBA The 3x3 Olympic basketball qualification tournament, scheduled to be held here from March 18 to 22, was postponed on Wednesday in view of the coronavirus outbreak .
This is the first sporting event that is postponed in India due to the virus outbreak that has so far claimed more than 3,000 lives and infected more than 94,000 people worldwide 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, Fédération 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 organized by FIBA and Basketball Federation of India in a year that will witness the Olympic debut of 3x3 basketball.
The teams of men and women are divided into four groups each. India is placed in Group D with Latvia, Croatia, Canada and the Netherlands in the men's section, while women are grouped together with Italy, Chinese Taipei, Switzerland and Spain.
Six Olympic positions (three each of men and women) are at stake, which would then have the two best teams in each group that would qualify for the qualifying stages of the competition.
Former Indian cricket captain Anil Kumble had launched the tournament logo at a show here Monday.
the coronavirus El brote ya ha visto el aplazamiento de numerosos eventos deportivos en todo el mundo, incluidos the campeonatos mundiales de atletismo bajo techo, el Gran Premio de Fórmula Uno de China, las carreras de Moto GP en Qatar y Tailandia y varios juegos de fútbol de la Serie A en Italia.