Yas Mall, the prime destination for shopping, dining and entertainment, is delighted to announce that it will host the Abu Dhabi 3x3 Challenger, the International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) World Tour Qualifying Masters game. The sport, otherwise known as streetball, is the largest urban team sport in the world with an estimated number of 250 million players, as a form of basketball that is played three a side on one hoop.
The Abu Dhabi 3x3 Challenger will be staged in Town Square on the 14th and 15th of May and will be the first sport tournament to be held in Yas Mall. The best teams from the UAE, other GCC countries, Europe and Asia will be competing against each other and the winning team will travel to Manila, Philippine, for the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters taking place in June.
“We are trying to build a legacy for 3x3 basketball and I am very happy that we can host a major international tournament like the Abu Dhabi 3x3 Challenger. We want to make people aware that Abu Dhabi will host the most important 3x3 basketball event of the year, the World Tour Final, and we are using every opportunity to do so. This new discipline offers a lot of fun for spectators who can also engage in different activities during the tournament,” said H.E. Khalid Al Hanaei, Chairman of 3×3 Basketball from the UAE Basketball Association.
In addition, the best five players in the FIBA 3x3 World Ranking will participate as part of the Al Wahda Abu Dhabi Team including the World Number 1 player Dejan Majstorovic from Serbia and his teammates. Abu Dhabi 3x3 Challenger will also feature one of the best freestyle teams in the world, Da Move Crew, from Italy, that performed during NBA, Euroleague Basketball and Champions League games. The Italian team will entertain the crowd during both days of the competition.
Talal Al Dhiyebi, Chief Development Officer at Aldar Properties, commented: “Since its launch, Yas Mall has quickly become home to many exciting events that cater to all interests- including some of the most popular in the region. We are pleased to partner with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council in bringing the Abu Dhabi 3x3 Challenger and look forward to welcoming all basketball fans to a thrilling event.”
The Abu Dhabi 3x3 Challenger event is organised by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, in partnership with the UAE Basketball Association; Extra International Sports; Sport Arena; Emirates Motor Company; Red Bull and Nike.