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Traveling and exploring Canada often uncovers some major revelations and surprises. While we’ve seen a lot of this country, it didn’t prepare us for the news Saskatoon, Saskatchewan was a basketball hotbed set to host a popular international basketball tournament. Not only will the city host the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters, but it also has one of the best 3×3 men’s basketball teams on the planet.
If you’re not familiar with the FIBA 3×3 World Tour, this fast paced iteration of basketball features teams of three instead of five, is played on a half-court with a 12 second shot clock, and lasts only 10 minutes or until a team scores 21 points. This all translates to a more urgent and fast paced game. On top of that, you can expect some dunk contests and skills competitions in between games to keep you entertained. The sport has gained so much traction and popularity that many feel 3×3 basketball will be part of the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo in 2020.
A lot of credit for the arrival of the tournament to Canadian soil can be linked to professional basketball player, Michael Linklater. The tour stops in places such as Japan, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, China and beyond, but has never made it to Canada. Linklater’s Saskatoon-based squad has twice finished in the top 10 on the FIBA World Tour and has worked for years to bring the event home before securing a deal to have Saskatoon as a stop in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
What: A global 3×3 basketball tournament and dunk competition
Where: The tournament will be held in conjunction with Taste of Saskatchewan on 15-16 July 2017 in downtown Saskatoon (4th Avenue & 21st Street).
When: 15-16 July 2017
Costs: Free to watch
What to bring: Check the weather before the event and dress accordingly as it’s held outside. Be sure to bring a camera and an appetite as the event will be taking place in conjunction with the food festival, Taste of Saskatchewan.