The new World Cup Trophy. Photo Courtesy

From left to right: Andrew Gaze (AUS), Yi Jianlian (CHN), Andrei Kirilenko (RUS) and Scottie Pippen (USA) pose with the new FIBA Basketball World Cup trophy. Courtesy
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has unveiled a new trophy for the World Cup ahead of the 2019 version set to be hosted in China.

The unveiling was done during the World Cup Draw held on Sunday May 7 at the Canton Tower in Guangzhou, China.

The new World Cup trophy is almost entirely made from gold and stands 13 centimeters higher than the previous trophy making it one of the tallest trophies in world sports; the trophy stands 60 centimeters.

Per, the new features give the trophy a “heightened sense of tradition and prestige”. It also marks the overall overhaul of trophies and awards presented at the various FIBA Competitions.

These are parts of changes made by the world body promote the sport further including expanding the number of teams set to compete at the World Cup from 28 to 32.

Qualification games involving 80 countries that were drawn in the posh event begin November 24. African Champions Nigeria has been drawn in Group B with Mali, Uganda and Rwanda.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter


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