Mongolia women’s 3×3 basketball side are the first team to qualify for an Olympic Games from their nation. The whole country, plus the men’s side who just missed out on making it to Japan, are ready to roar them on.

The sport of 3×3 basketball has had a stratospheric rise, from street sport to the Olympic Games in just seven years, and Mongolia has been on board for the ride.

The event takes place on half a basketball court, with three on court playing at one time plus a substitute. Each team shoots into a single hoop, with the two

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The half-court game is played outdoors with a 12-second shot clock, no breaks and four-player rosters. The game ends after 10 minutes or when a team reaches 21 points, whichever comes first. Baskets scored outside the arc are worth two points; buckets inside it are worth one. The play is physical and fouls are rarely called.

“It’s like the X Games,” said U.S. guard Kelsey Plum. “There’s music going on, there’s a commentator making jokes about people’s play, about people getting crossed over, about someone shooting in someone’s face, saying someone is quicker than a Kardashian marriage.” (That omnipresent play-by-play

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The U.S. women’s basketball team is attempting to win its seventh consecutive gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Games. But while the American women have dominated 5-on-5 basketball, the U.S. 3×3 women’s team is also looking to make history.

Chicago Sky center Stefanie Dolson, Dallas Wings guard Allisha Gray and Las Vegas Aces guards Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young will lead the U.S. 3×3 women’s basketball team as the event makes its Olympic debut.

On Monday, Young was named as a replacement for Seattle Storm forward Katie Lou Samuelson, who was placed into COVID-19 health and safety protocols over the

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