By Brian Kotloff
August 10, 2013

(Christian Petersen/Getty Images) After Team USA won gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics, FIBA proposed expanding the field of teams from 12 to 16. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Last month, the International Olympic Committee denied FIBA's request to add a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to the 2016 Olympics and expand the number of teams in the main tournament from 12 to 16, according to USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt.

In a statement, the IOC's executive board said the 3-on-3 tournament would add "to the cost and complexity of the Games," while FIBA -- the world governing body of basketball -- said in a statement that it would continue to push for the event in future Olympics.


In a statement the IOC's executive board said that any "any request from International Federations (IFs) that would result in a higher number of athletes or increased number of medals, thereby adding to the cost and complexity of the Games, would not be considered. At a later stage, the IOC will study the quota-neutral requests already made by IFs for either a swap of event or modifications of competition format."


"We are very disappointed to learn that, as a consequence, 3x3 would not be considered at this stage, based on reasons unrelated to the merits of the discipline," FIBA said in a statement. "We strongly believe that 3x3 is an exciting and spectacular discipline which offers a unique cocktail of sports and urban culture and would perfectly fit within the Olympic Games and responds to the IOC's clear wish to rejuvenate and modernize the summer program. We are very thankful to Rio 2016 for their continued support in our efforts for the inclusion of 3x3.

"At the same time, 3x3 remains a unique opportunity for the basketball family to further grow and develop around the world, from the streets to the world stage, and in countries that have traditionally been less successful with basketball nationally and internationally."

The proposal to increase the number of teams participating in the main tournament involved limiting the number of games played after FIBA received complaints from pro basketball leagues around the world that there were too many games.

The expanded field would have changed the format from two groups of six with five preliminary round games to four groups of four with three preliminary round games.

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