COUVA (Trinidad and Tobago) June 9, 2021 – The National Basketball Federation of Trinidad and Tobago (NBFTT) is happy to announce that the Trinidad and Tobago’s Men U23 3×3 basketball team booked its ticket to the 2021 Junior Pan American Games. The Games will take place in Cali, Colombia from November 28 – 30, 2021.

FIBA’s Regional Office in the Americas released the full list of qualified teams, with automatic qualification awarded to hosts Colombia, along with the top 11 National Federations (per gender). FIBA’s 3×3 U23 Ranking (as of May 31 2021) listed T&T as 10th in the Americas, which secured the team’s spot.

Cali was awarded the first edition of the Games, and will feature a total of 27 sports, with around 3,500 athletes from 41 countries expected to compete.

The Games will offer gold medallists automatic qualification to the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games. Organizers of the Games anticipate that this will attract the best young talent from the region to participate in Cali.

The T&T’s Women just missed out on qualification and currently sits in position 17 on the final list. The ladies are now 5th on the waiting list of countries who could be afforded a spot at the games through the reallocation of unused quotas for the countries that do not confirm their participation. The full list of qualified Women’s and Men’s teams include:
Women’s National Teams:                      Men’s National Teams

  1. Colombia (COL)                                      1. Colombia (COL)
  2. United States (USA)                               2. Dominican Republic (DOM)
  3. Chile (CHI)                                               3. Brazil (BRA)
  4. Dominican Republic (DOM)                4. Chile (CHI)
  5. Brazil (BRA)                                             5. Argentina (ARG)
  6. Argentina (ARG)                                     6. United States (USA)
  7. Uruguay (URU)                                       7. Uruguay (URU)
  8. Mexico (MEX)                                         8. El Salvador (ESA)
  9. Puerto Rico (PUR)                                  9. Venezuela (VEN)
  10. Ecuador (ECU)                                        10. Puerto Rico (PUR)
  11. El Salvador (ESA)                                   11. Trinidad and Tobago (TTO)
  12. Canada (CAN)                                         12. Guatemala (GUA)

According to Claire Mitchell – President of NBFTT; “this qualification is an important milestone for the TTO 3×3 Teams, as 2021 marks the Federation’s first real attempt at going after World Cup Qualifications in different categories. The journey has only just begun as the teams now have to train heavily in preparation over the next few months for two (2) major upcoming International Tournaments.”

Please call Claire Mitchell, President at 393-2894 or Arnold Thomas, 3×3 Coordinator at 498-4304 with any questions