The event, part of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour, brought teams from around the world to downtown Saskatoon over the weekend. For the past three years, the Serbian community has used the tournament as a way to come together.
According to the 2016 census, Saskatoon has fewer than 200 Serbian-speaking residents.
Chris Macas, another fan, said the small group uses events to celebrate their heritage.
Macas says he was born in Serbia and left 20 years ago. He was beating a drum to cheer on the three Serbian teams at this year’s tournament — enthusiasm that is appreciated by the players.
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The Serbian supporters and teams have a bond other fan bases would probably envy.
“The players come one day early and they come to our houses and they stay with us,” Macas said.
“We actually went out with Team Zemun last night.”
The tournament is not currently scheduled to return to Saskatoon.
Macas still has hope that he’ll get to cheer again.
“We’re really sad that this is going to be the last year. We hope this event comes back and it’s a great event for the city,” he said.
Representatives from both FIBA and Tourism Saskatchewan told Global News that they want the event to return.
“We would love to come back,” FIBA event manager Maximillan Glas said on Friday.