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22 Aug 2010

Basketball 3 on 3 at the Youth Olympic Games

by Tang See Kit, Young Reporter

Imagine this: You are playing against Kobe Bryant, Lebron James and Dwyane Wade in a half-court game. You have 10 minutes, but the first team to score 33 points wins. Intimidating? You bet.

Here in the Singapore Youth Olympic Games, teams have been competing in precisely this new format. It’s called, naturally enough, 3-on-3 basketball. It’s a form of the popular game that the worldwide basketball governing body, which is called FIBA, hopes to promote. It’s a smaller-scale but faster-paced version of hoops.

Patrick Baumann, the secretary general of FIBA, said Friday that 3-on-3 has been a success thus far in the Youth Games. And he reckons that it actually allows teams to better challenge the traditional powerhouses in the sport as it is definitely easier to find three top players than finding 12 who could, for instance, beat a dream team like those from the United States.

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