The EuroBasket winners' trophy will be touring Europe from May through August this year as part of the build-up to EuroBasket 2015.
The first official stop of the Tour is scheduled for Riga, Latvia on 19 May, before travelling north to the Estonia capital, Tallinn a day later.
The Tour will conclude in Cologne, Germany on 30 August.
At each stop, FIBA, the host National Federation and the event partners will use the trophy to promote the event and the participation of their national side. Additionally, there will be a full programme of activities including taking the trophy to iconic locations, promoting it on television, allowing fans to take their photo with the trophy and inviting basketball legends or active national team players to appear with it.
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 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 is the second version which was fabricated by German goldsmith Günter Schoebel in Bad Kreuznach, Germany in 1995. Following Germany's surprise triumph in 1993, former German Basketball Federation President Manfred Ströher convinced his fellow FIBA board members that the original trophy, used until 1993, did not fit the representative standards of a European Championship trophy anymore and a remake was urgently needed.
Goldsmith Günter Schoebel was entrusted to create a new version of the storied trophy, using only the finest materials. He created a masterpiece of gold and sterling silver combined with jewels. The upper rim is decorated with 24 jewels. The stones, of which each one was used four times, are garnet, amethyst, agate stone, malachite, yellow quartz and rock crystal.
The result was a goblet, 23 cm in height with a calibre of 35 cm at the top, weighing 18 kilos, resting on a solid platter of marble.
Since 1995 the trophy is used in its current design and was lifted in the air by basketball greats like Vlade Divac, Aleksander Djordjevic, Gregor Fucka, Dejan Bodiroga, Sarunas Jasikevicius, Theodoros Papaloukas, Andrei Kirilenko, Juan Carlos Navarro and Boris Diaw, just to name a few.
The 2015 EuroBasket Champions will be the 11th team holding the cup and the whole of Europe is waiting to see who will be crowned Champions of Europe and lifting the Nikolai Semashko Trophy.
19 May: Riga, Latvia
20 May: Tallinn, Estonia
3-4 June: Reykjavik, Iceland
7-9 June: Zagreb, Croatia
20 June: Burgos, Spain
23 June: Crete, Greece
26 June: Brussels, Belgium (TV show)
3-5 July: Istanbul, Turkey
6 July: Fecamp, France
10 July: Denain, France
11 July: Paris Rivoli, France
12 July: Sainte Genevieve Des Bois, France
13 July: Lomme and Fecamp, France
14 July: Saint Quentin and Faches Thumesnil, France
15 July: Villeurbanne, France
17-18 July: Tbilisi, Georgia
26 July: Chekov, Moscow, Russia
1 August: Tampere, Finland
4 August: Ljubljana, Slovenia
5 August: Warsaw, Poland
8 August: Ohrid, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
9 August: Antwerp, Belgium
10 August: Prague, Czech Republic (TV show)
11 August: Brno, Czech Republic
12 August: Belgrade, Serbia
15 August: Kaunas, Lithuania
16 August: Leiden, Netherlands
18 August: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
22-23 August: Tel Aviv, Israel
25-26 August: Milan, Italy (TV show)
27 August: Trieste, Italy
28 August: Strasbourg, France
27 and 29 August: Trieste, Italy
30 August Cologne, Germany
*The schedule is subject to changes. Please check regularly for updates.