Serbian Team Wins 3×3 Basketball World Championship
Serbia's men's 3×3 basketball team won the Crelan FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2022 in Antwerp, Belgium on Sunday, defeating Lithuania 21:16. This was the fifth time Serbia won this competition, which has been organised seven times since 2012.
Dejan Majstorovic was named MVP of the competition. This was his fourth win with the team. They "played an amazing tournament", he said.
"We want the world cup championship back in Serbia… I hope we will keep playing this way and get a lot more medals from national team tournaments," Majstorovic said after the ceremony award.
🎊🇷🇸SERBIA WIN THEIR FIFTH #3x3WC AT CRELAN FIBA 3×3 WORLD CUP 2022🇷🇸🎊 @KSSrbije pic.twitter.com/HJZXtUYfNl
— FIBA3x3 (@FIBA3x3) June 26, 2022
Serbia's 3×3 team won a bronze at the 2020 Summer Olympics last year, when the sport made its Olympic debut.
Not counting Sunday's victory, since the first FIBA 3×3 World Cup in 2012, Serbia's team has taken part six times and won four times, - in 2012, 2016, 2017 and 2018. In 2014, the team got a silver medal.
They also won the 2018 and 2019 FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup.
France came in third place this year in the 3×3 World Cup but its female team won the women's competition. Canada's women's team came second and China's in third place.
The 3×3 is variation of basketball, which is considered to be the world's number one urban team sport. It was played successfully for the first time in an international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore.