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FIBA World Cup and the historic journey of the Championship Cup named Naismith

FIBA World Cup and the historic journey of the Championship Cup named Naismith

In addition to representing the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the Naismith Cup also contains a lot of meanings.

FIBA World Cup and the historic journey of the Championship Cup 

Since 1967, the FIBA World Cup champion FIBA will be awarded the Naismith Cup - the trophy named in honor of Professor James Naismith. He was the one who invented basketball in the US and brought basketball into the world. However, the journey to this trophy is not easy.

From 1950, the idea of a special trophy was born. But that did not happen until FIBA received a $1,000 grant in 1965. The first trophy was used from 1967 to 1994. Later its new version was updated in 1998 and used for the 1998 FIBA World Cup World Championship. The original of the trophy is currently in Spain, managed by the foundation Pedro Ferrándiz.

FIBA World Cup and the historic journey of the Championship Cup named Naismith

 Dr.  James Naismith the one who invented basketball in the US and brought basketball into the world

The second trophy was designed in a lotus shape, inspired by the ancient Egyptian civilization. On the trophy are the carvings of continents and gems that symbolize the five continents. On the trophy, there is also the name of Professor James Naismith engraved around in four types of hieroglyphics Latin, Arabic, Chinese and Egyptian. The cup is 47cm tall and weighs 9 kg.

The design of the most recent Naismith Cup was revealed in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifier. This latest version is about 60cm tall (13cm taller than the 1998 version), made almost 100% gold and has the names of previous World Cup champions.

The "birth" name of FIBA (Federation Internationale de Basketball Amateur) is also engraved in the cup picture on the trophy. The latest version of the trophy was designed by Radiant and handcrafted by silversmith Thomas Lyte.

Not only unique and valuable, the cup is also the desire of all teams attending FIBA World Cup. Will this team be honored and become the owner of this Naismith trophy this season? Please wait and see.

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FIBA World Cup and the historic journey of the Championship Cup named Naismith