By James Crook

The FIBA 3x3 All-Stars event will take place for the first time in Doha this DecemberSeptember 3 - A new competition to end the 3x3 season will be held in Doha this December, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) announced today. 

The Qatar Basketball Federation (QBF) signed a three-year-deal to host the FIBA 3x3 All-Stars which will feature six teams from around the world in a one day event due to be held on December 12.

An agreement was signed during the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Lausanne Masters at the weekend, and QBF President and Qatar Olympic Committee secretary general Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani spoke of their pride in hosting the event. 

"The first-ever FIBA 3x3 All-Stars will bring to Qatar all the best 3x3 players in the world," said Sheikh Saoud.

"In a long term partnership with FIBA, QBF is proud to contribute to 3x3 international recognition and development."

The FIBA 3x3 season will now end with the FIBA 3x3 All-Stars event in DohaThe FIBA 3x3 season will now end with the FIBA 3x3 All-Stars event in Doha

The winner of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final in Istanbul on October 4 and 5, along with the highest ranked player in the Americas, in Europe, the rest of the world and in the host country Qatar will take part in the tournament, all four of them playing with their respective usual team.

The field will be completed by a legends team.

The prize money and appearance fee for the tournament will reach a grand total of $120,000 (£72,000/€91,000).

"The first-ever FIBA 3x3 All-Stars is a further step in the development of 3x3 and the most astute use of our unique 3x3 Individual World Ranking," said FIBA secretary general and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Patrick Baumann.

"It is the ultimate proof that the discipline keeps expanding."

The 3x3 Individual World Ranking is a tool which ranks players individually, currently listing more than 42,000 3x3 players based on the amount of points they have won at FIBA-endorsed events.

FIBA had been lobbying to see 3x3 basketball included at Rio 2016, but their hopes were quashed in July when the IOC decided against adding any other disciplines for the Games.

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