The FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Trophy Tour set off on its 24-country journey on April 2, beginning with Riga, Latvia.
Riga, one of the four host nations of FIBA EuroBasket 2015, also had the honor of being the first stop on the 2015 Trophy Tour, therefore taking on special significance as the build-up to FIBA EuroBasket 2017 enters its next phase.
The current trophy, now in its third version, is named after former FIBA Europe President and FIBA Vice-President, Nikolai Semashko, and was officially presented at the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Draw in November 2016.
Maintaining the same shape and feel of the previous edition of the trophy, which was last lifted by Spain in 2015, version 3.0 has been created in line with the trophies of FIBA's other continental championships, which will also be played out in 2017 in Africa, the Americas and Asia.
The ambitious tour will stop in each of the 24 FIBA EuroBasket 2017 participating countries, offering fans the opportunity to see the Nikolai Semashko Trophy up close, as well as offering additional exposure to each of the participating teams ahead of September.
FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Trophy Tour Overview*
02/04 – 03/04
07/04 – 08/04
21/04 – 23/04
28/04 – 02/05
Rivne and Kyiv
06/05 – 07/05
Wloclawek and Warsaw
11/05 – 14/05
Glasgow (11th), Stirling (11th), Manchester (12th), Cardiff (13th) and London (14th)
24/05 – 26/05
Oostende and Antwerp
29/05 – 04/06
06/06 – 08/06
10/06 – 11/06
16/06 – 18/06
24/06 – 25/06
08/07 – 10/07
14/07 – 15/07
Oradea and Cluj-Napoca
20/07 – 21/07
21/07 – 22/07
27/07 – 30/07
06/08 – 08/08
11/08 – 12/08
13/08 – 14/08
18/08 – 19/08
19/08 – 20/08
23/08 – 25/08
28/08 – 30/08
*The exact program and locations of the trophy in each of the countries will be updated on www.fiba.basketball/eurobasket/2017 closer to each of the stops. Some dates may be subject to change, whilst some additional stops may also be added.
With a visit to Athens, Greece over the weekend, the FIBA EuroBasket Trophy Tour ticked off the last remaining of the 24 countries to visit.
Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel
With a visit to Tel Aviv over the weekend, the FIBA EuroBasket Trophy Tour ticked off all four of the 2017 host cities.
It was Germany's turn to host the FIBA EuroBasket Trophy Tour over the weekend, with the trophy present at the Supercup.
With preparation games revving up ahead of FIBA EuroBasket 2017, Tbilisi used Czech Republic's visit as a chance to also bring the Nikolai Semashko trophy to town.
The FIBA EuroBasket Trophy Tour rolled into Belgrade over the weekend, just in time to catch Serbia take on Greece and Montenegro in FIBA EuroBasket 2017 warm-up games.
Prague, Czech Republic
It was an early morning start for the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Trophy Tour in Prague, with a perfect sunrise capturing the trophy in all its glory.
Russia's capital city Moscow - the home of Nikolai Semashko - provided the backdrop for the latest stopover on the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Trophy Tour.
The FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Trophy Tour rolled into Helsinki over the weekend – the second of the four host nations to host the Trophy Tour over the course of the week.
Italy's biggest stars, of both the men's and women's games, were present when the FIBA EuroBasket Trophy Tour rolled into Italy's fashion capital, Milan.
Cluj-Napoca and Oradea, Romania
The FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Trophy Tour, visited co-hosts Romania from July 14-15.
The sun was shining on the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Trophy Tour when it dropped in on the Croatia 3x3 National Tour in the seaside location of Zadar on Monday.
Salamanca acted as the 13th host on the 25-stop FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Trophy Tour on Saturday.
On the latest stop of the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Trophy Tour, fans and competitors alike at the FIBA 3x3 World Cup got their turn to get up close to the Nikolai Semashko Trophy.
The FIBA EuroBasket Trophy Tour visited Kaunas at the weekend, the city which played host to the 2011 Final, when it was Spain leaving town with the trophy.
Ljubljana and Bled, Slovenia
There was double reason for Slovenia to celebrate when the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Trophy Tour rolled into Ljubljana and Lake Bled over the weekend.
With Hungary returning to FIBA EuroBasket for the first time in 18 years, the Central European nation had more reason than most to celebrate when the Trophy Tour hit the nation's capital city.
The Nikolai Semashko Trophy was on display in Istanbul from May 29 to June 4 and will return to the Final Phase host city on August 28 for the final FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Trophy Tour stop.
Antwerp and Ostend, Belgium
Another stop has been completed on the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Trophy Tour, with a midweek trip to Belgium to take in some EuroMillions Basketball League Play-Off action.
Glasgow, Stirling, Manchester, Cardiff, and London, Great Britain
On the latest stop of the FIBA EuroBasket Trophy Tour, the Nikolai Semashko Trophy was paraded in iconic locations across the United Kingdom.
Warsaw and Wloclawek, Poland
The FIBA EuroBasket Trophy Tour continued its Eurotrip on the weekend with stop-offs in the Polish capital of Warsaw, as well as the city of Wloclawek.
Kyiv and Rivne, Ukraine
Sunny skies greeted the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Trophy Tour in Kyiv and Rivne, Ukraine over the weekend.
The FIBA EuroBasket Trophy Tour rolled into Montenegro on April 21, stopping traffic in the nation's capital along the way.
The Nikolai Semashko Trophy was named after Nikolai Semashko (1907-1976), former head of the Soviet State Sports Committee who served as the Vice President of FIBA from 1960 until 1976 and President of the Standing Conference of Europe (later FIBA Europe) from 1967 until 1976.The author of several technical guides about the strength and condition training of players also was an international referee from 1947 on. In 2007, he was enshrined as a contributor in the FIBA Hall of Fame.
The current trophy, officially presented at the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Draw, is the third version which will be held aloft for the first time on 17 September 2017. Maintaining the same shape and feel of the previous edition of the trophy, which was last lifted by Spain in 2015, version 3.0 has been created in line with the trophies of FIBA's other continental championships, which will also be played out in 2017 in Africa, the Americas and Asia.
It was re-designed by UK-based creative agency Radiant Studios and crafted by silversmith Thomas Lyte. The trophy is 26.5cm high and, apart from the trophy name, all 39 previous winners are engraved in the roll of honour. The sterling silver bowl is 35cm in diameter and has a manually hammered finish referencing the texture of a basketball. The gold plated band on top is consistent across all FIBA continental trophies, bringing the basketball world further together.