Three-on-three basketball tourney set for next week

14 Jun 2017 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 14 JUN (NAMPA) – The Namibian Basketball Federation (NBF) will host the first-ever national three-on-three basketball tournament in Windhoek on 24 June.
The event is organised in collaboration with the Namibia National Olympic Committee and will take place on the upper level parking of the Wernhil Park shopping centre.
NBF Development Officer Malakia Mathias said the event is part of Olympic Day, which is expected to introduce three-on-three basketball to Namibians.
He told Nampa on enquiry Wednesday three-on-three basketball is the fastest growing brand of the game, which was recently granted the status of an Olympic sport.
“It will make its debut at the 2020 Olympics in Japan,” Mathias said.
He added that they are also using this day to create awareness amongst young people of issues related to HIV/Aids.
The theme of the tournament is ‘Cross-out HIV and Aids’.
Mathias explained that this new version of the game is different from the normal five-on-five basketball because it gives players an opportunity to display their skills.
“Three-on-three requires less set-up, you can play anywhere and the rules are very simple hence the need for only one official, while five-on-five has a lot of rules and requires a lot of organisational logistics,” he said.
Games are usually 10 minutes and every team needs four players (three players and one substitute).
The games are played on a half-court using one basket.
Registration is free, and the deadline is 22 June.
The Olympic Day event will see various small to medium entrepreneurs, non-governmental institutions and individuals working together to fight HIV/Aids.
“These institutions will exhibit and display information, especially around the social issues of HIV and Aids,” Mathias said.
There will be other activities on the day including a basketball shooting competition, face painting, stores and promotional stands, music and a live deejay.
Olympic Day was introduced in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games on 23 June 1894 at Sorbonne in Paris, France.
The goal is to promote participation in sport across the globe regardless of age, gender or athletic ability.