3×3 continues development in Africa

Cotonou (Benin) – The first edition of “Open House Cotonou” has ended in Benin’s largest city, leaving players and fans excited for more 3×3 action.

For Jean-Marc Alomon and his project “Dreals Paris”, what just happened in Cotonou is a great story that provided opportunities for the players and many other basketball players.

“It was an amazing event, and an unforgettable experience for the kids, the participants and all the parties involved in the organization. The people have been so open minded, you can feel that they really want to learn from the experts and the results have exceeded our expectations.”– Alumon

He is captivated at the end of the sporting event, saying: “It was an amazing event and an unforgettable experience for the kids, the participants and all the parties involved in the organization. The people were very open minded, you can sense that they really want to learn from the experts and the results have exceeded our expectations. »

“In Benin, the federation quickly realized that 3×3 could be an excellent option to rise among the best African nations. The National Olympic Committee and the Ministry of Sports joined the idea and supported the federation to organize and develop multiple activities revolving around 3×3 in the country. Our concept has been well received by the public and all players.”

He notes that the event provides new opportunities to set up 3×3 camps for national teams and clinics for referees, coaches and private 3×3 promoters, with the aim of giving them the tools to further develop the ubiquitous 3×3 in Benin.

According to Aalomon, the people of Benin learned a lot during the “Open House of Cotonou”. He notes that since its beginnings, 3×3 has become more and more popular in schools, basketball clubs, and in the country in general. “We have received many pictures and videos from the trainers who participated in our clinic,” he reveals.

Aloumon reveals one of the goals of “Dreals Paris” for 2022: “We are going through the stages one by one. All the countries we visited get a lot of points in the FIBA ​​3×3 ranking. Benin is currently ranked 85th in the world and 13th in Africa.”

Alumon insists that the organizing committee does not intend to rest on its laurels, and is in the process of developing strategies to push the national federations to express their full potential and join the global 3×3 scene.

“Apart from clinics, we rely on the expertise of people like Angelo Tsagarakis, Richard Pelant and Karim Othman, and try to build strong teams that are able to participate in the World Tour and host these kinds of events in Africa. We are convinced that we will be able to lead certain African countries to the Paris 2024 Olympics. “.

Omon acknowledges that the biggest challenge is finding sponsors and partners. He claims that if Dreals succeeds in attracting investors, he will quickly be able to stage more tournaments in more countries, as well as World Tour events.

“We invite all sponsors, all partners who want to help us support African teams on the world stage. The talent is there, the experience too, we just need more money. 3×3 can help players very quickly to advance technically. In 3×3, all players are involved in the attack. And defend for 10 minutes. There’s no timeout, you have to stay focused constantly. It’s an ideal way to improve the overall quality of basketball on the continent.”

The former international, who now lives in France, wants to dream big and see himself visiting several African countries: “We want to carry out our quest on the continent by creating a tour that has already passed through Cotonou, then we go to Ouagadougou, Accra and finally Abidjan. We are ready To add stages as in Kinshasa or in other cities, depending on the wishes of the federations. The Grand Final will be held in September in Paris.”

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