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Australia lagging for Tokyo 3x3 basketball

Australia is a long way off qualifying for Olympic three-on-three basketball at the Tokyo Games in 2020, the sport's national governing body admits.

Australia lagging for Tokyo 3x3 basketball

Australia is a long way off qualifying for Olympic three-on-three basketball at the Tokyo Games in 2020, the sport's national governing body admits.

The tough road Australia faces to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in three-on-three basketball has been highlighted by the women's team's group-stage exit at the World Cup.

Basketball Australia (BA) admits the country is a long way off the pace in one of the newest events on the Olympics schedule for 2020.


While the women's team failed to reach the quarter-finals, Australia's men did not even qualify for the FIBA tournament currently being held in France.

Over the next three years, the world no.55 men and 42nd-ranked women must enter into the top-20 in the international standings to compete at the Olympics.

But the challenge BA faces is partly in the way rankings are determined.

As well as rewarding players' performances, ranking points are also accumulated by countries hosting three-on-three tournaments.

"We've got a long way to go as a sport to actually get the number of registered tournaments through the FIBA system up-and-running so we can get our total rankings points up and our athletes qualified," Basketball Australia chief executive Andrew Moore told RSN radio.

The International Olympic Committee announced this month three-on-three basketball would make its Games debut at Tokyo.

Variations to traditional basketball include 10-minute matches, a 12-second shot clock and being played on a half-court with one hoop.

Moore has also shed light how Australia might select its Olympic squad if it qualifies for Tokyo.

"Naturally, you might think you'd take 12 players for the five-on-five, so you'd pick players 13 through 16 (for three-on-three)," Moore said.

"It's a really different version of the sport. So it's not necessarily we would take (Andrew) Bogut, (Ben) Simmons and (Dante) Exum.

"It's really quick, physical and its for long-shooters and those who can get to the basket really quickly.

"For us, it's about picking the best style of athlete for that."

At the World Cup, Australia's women were beaten 16-14 in over-time by the Netherlands in their final pool game in Nantes on Monday to fall short of the final eight.

The all-WNBL side of Amelia Todhunter, Rebecca Cole, Nadeen Payne and Carley Mijovic recorded victories over Japan and China, but also succumbed to Ukraine.

The Netherlands and Ukraine progressed from the group, joining Germany, Russia, Switzerland, Spain and Italy and Argentina in the final eight.

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