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Iran basketball team suffers two losses in 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The Iran women’s national 3x3 basketball team (file photo)

The Iran women’s national 3x3 basketball team has sustained two straight losses at the 2018 Fédération Internationale de Basket-ball (FIBA) 3x3 World Cup in the Philippines, losing to the American and Ugandan squads.

On Saturday, the Iranian squad slumped to the US side 7-21 at the multi-purpose and indoor Philippine Arena in Bocaue.

The Iranian sportswomen took on counterparts from Uganda in their second game of the tournament later in the day, and went down to a 10-18 defeat.

The Iran women’s national 3x3 basketball team will play title-holder Russia and Andorra on Monday.

The 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup started on June 8 and will wrap up on June 12, 2018. It is co-organized by FIBA.

The Iran women’s national 3x3 basketball team has been drawn along with Andorra, Russia, Uganda and the United States in Pool C of the forthcoming tournament.

The Czech Republic is pitted against Italy, Malaysia, Turkmenistan and Venezuela in Pool A.

Pool B comprises Argentina, China, France, Kazakhstan and Switzerland.

Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, the Philippines and Spain shape Pool D.

The 3x3 (pronounced three on three) basketball is a form of the game played three a side on one hoop.

The basketball discipline is currently being promoted and structured by FIBA, and the highest tournament for national 3x3 teams is the FIBA 3x3 World Championships.

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