After being a demonstration sport in the 1904 Games, basketball has been part of the Olympics since 1936 for men and 1976 for women. For the Tokyo Games, 3-on-3 basketball for both men and women is an official sport, in addition to regular, 5-on-5 basketball.
In 1992, professional players were allowed to compete in the Olympics and some of the biggest names in the National Basketball Association have taken part in the Games. Some of the names on the first U.S. “Dream Team” included Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, David Robinson and Charles Barkely. Since professional basketball players were allowed to play, the U.S. has dominated, winning gold in every Olympics since, with the exception of the 2004 Athens Games when Argentina took gold and Italy won silver, leaving the U.S. with bronze.
Unlike the NBA, Olympic basketball is played in four 10-minute quarters. Two points are awarded for a basket, a single point is awarded for a free throw given after an infraction and three points are awarded for a basket from beyond the three-point line (6.75 meters). Twelve teams will be playing in the games.
Basketball will run from July 25 through Aug. 8.
Played indoors or outdoors, 3-on-3 takes place on a halfcourt and one point is awarded for baskets within the three-point line and two from outside. The game has a 12-second shot clock and the game is over after 10 minutes, with the winner being the team in the lead, or when a team reaches 21 points. After a change of possession, turnover, missed shot or basket, the ball must be taken outside of the three point line. Teams consist of three players and one substitute and there is no coach. Eight teams will be playing in the Olympics.
3-on-3 is from July 24 to 28.
Venue and access information
Basketball games will take place in the Saitama Super Arena, which has a capacity of 21,000.
The venue is about three minutes from Saitama-shintoshin Station on the Keihin-Tohoku, Utsunomiya and Takasaki lines and about seven minutes from Kita-yono Station on the Saikyo Line.
The temporary, 7,100-seat Aomi Urban Sports Park will be the site of the 3-on-3 games.
It is about 10 minutes from Tokyo International Cruise Terminal Station on the Yurikamome Line. It is also about 20 minutes from Kankyo-kyoku-chubo-godo-chosya Mae Station on the Yurikamome Line.