3-on-3 Basketball Among Events Added to 2020 Olympics

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJune 9, 2017

Olympic rings are seen in front of Gangneung Hockey Center in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, April 4, 2017. South Korean Olympic organizers still hope to see NHL players competing at next year's Winter Games despite the National Hockey League's insistence it won't happen. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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Several additions were made to the 2020 Olympic program Friday, with 3-on-3 basketball highlighting the list.

The International Olympic Committee announced that both men's and women's 3-on-3 basketball will be contested at the 2020 Tokyo Games in addition to the traditional 5-on-5 game.

In all, 16 events were added to the 2020 Summer Olympics, and one was eliminated in the form of a weight class in men's weightlifting.

Among the other notable additions are 800-meter and 1,500-meter events in men's and women's swimming respectively, a 4x100-meter medley mixed relay in swimming and aΒ 4x400-meter mixed relay in track and field.

With regard to 3-on-3 basketball, it isn't yet known if the teams will be comprised of NBA and other professional 5-on-5 players, or those who specialize in the 3-on-3 game.