The Naismith Trophy, the holy grail for global basketball, is going on a global Trophy Tour ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. Both Australia and New Zealand who are set to feature in the event come August will host stops on the Trophy Tour, with Melbourne and Christchurch the destinations.
Following its unveiling in Beijing on 23 May in counting down 100 days to the World Cup, the the Trophy Tour embarked on its first global tour, covering all continents and 24 countries in all.
Named in honor of basketball's inventor, Dr James Naismith, basketball's biggest prize will be displayed in iconic locations, with fans being provided the opportunity to have their photo taken with the piece of silverware which the world's best team and biggest players receive in celebration of being crowned world champions in China this September.
Christchurch will play host as the nineteenth stop, with the Trophy being displayed across two days on 20 and 21 July at the New Zealand National Basketball League's (NZNBL) Final Four weekend hosted at the 6,000-seat Horncastle Arena.
The Trophy Tour then makes its next stop in Melbourne for display on 24 July. Specific details as to the exact location have not yet been revealed by Basketball Australia.
The full list of Trophy Tour locations can be found here.