Moscow in Russia will host the second FIBA 3x3 (three versus three) World Championships in 2014, FIBA, basketball's governing body, announced today.
The biennial tournament, which was first held in Athens, Greece last year, will be played over the course of five days in June 2014, with the exact dates still to be finalised.
The 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Championships will follow a similar competition format to that used in the inaugural event, with men’s and women’s tournaments as well as individual contests. In 2012, 48 teams (24 men's and 24 women's) from 32 countries competed in Athens.
Vitaly Mutko, Russia's sports minister, said: "The tournament that Russia will host in 2014 will be very interesting. This sport is getting more popular here. Every year we organise the final of Russian competitions, where thousands of teams gather. We support FIBA's efforts to make 3x3 an Olympic discipline."
Last week, FIBA unveiled the calendar for the second season of the 3x3 World Tour, which will comprise six events on four different continents.
The tour, which involves city-based teams from around the world, starts with a so-called Masters event in the Japanese capital Tokyo on July 20 and 21.
There are four other Masters events, to be held in: San Juan, Puerto Rico; Prague, Czech Republic; Lausanne, Switzerland; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Each Masters event involves 12 teams that qualify from tournaments around the world and the top 12 teams across the Masters competitions will take part in the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final in Istanbul, Turkey on October 5 and 6.
The World Tour and World Championships both made their debuts in 2012 on the back of a successful competition at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010.
In February of this year, FIBA submitted a bid for 3x3 to be included on the programme for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and a decision is expected at the meeting of the executive board of the International Olympic Committee in Moscow in August.
As well as the World Championships in Moscow, other international-level 3x3 events in 2014 include the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China and the FISU 3x3 World University Championships in Salvador, Brazil.