IOC will introduce 3-on-3 basketball starting with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

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Kevin Durant in action for Team USA at the Rio Olympics (Getty)

The IOC has announced the addition of 3-on-3 basketball to the Olympics for both men and women, starting with the upcoming 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

The announcement comes after the IOC met on Saturday (NZT) to discuss a number of new additions to the Olympics.

Competition will follow current FIBA rules with games being played in the half court with a 12-second shot clock.

Scoring will go by ones and twos over the course of one 10-minute period.

Whichever team leads at the end of the 10-minute period or reaches 21-points first, wins the match.

In a slight twist to regular basketball, each team consists of four players, three starters and one substitute. The ball is slightly smaller than the one used in competitions like the NBA.

It is an intriguing addition to the Olympics with many unsure about who will actually compete for the countries - whether players will be taken from the traditional basketball competition or whether teams will be dedicated 3-on-3 players.